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May 2017 Academic Affairs, C5

C5, Strengthen professional development, career readiness and graduate success:

Career and Professional Development offers programs and services to support other professional development outcomes, including: the ability to self-evaluate, explore opportunities, gain experience and search for employment or admission to graduate school. CaPD is working closely with the School of Business Administration to find ways to integrate professional development into the business curriculum, a major initiative of the Dean of the SoBA, Dr. Neal Mero.

A Professional Development Summit (Entitled the Intention and Impact Summit: Eyes on the Future) is planned with collaboration by a number of departments including Student Affairs, International Programs, Career Development, Clinics and Externships, Bar Prep and Academic Success, the Library, the Office of the Registrar, and faculty.

Other efforts this year included:

  • 1L Mentoring Program (COL)
  • Survival of the Fittest, a professional development event sponsored by the Black Law Students Association provides opportunities for interviews and discussions with successful attorney leaders (COL)
  • The Foreman Biodiversity Lectures Series (COL)
  • The School of Business hopes to launch in the Fall of 2017 the School’s new career program. This program will integrate both curricular and co-curricular activities that provide professional preparation for Stetson Business students. Activities will include enhanced communication skills training (writing, resume preparation, persuasive communications and interview skills), added internship opportunities, and linking students to the Hatter Business Mentor Network. This latter network will connect business students to alumni for advice on selecting academic experiences, job search preparation and general career advice.
  • Career & Professional Development (CaPD) has analyzed populations of students who attend or do not attend large events (e.g., career fairs), and who participate or do not participate in appointments and internships. Based on that analysis, they have made changes to improve the cross-representation of employer types, thus making the fair more appealing to a wider range of majors. We have also added a new Graduate School Recruitment Fair because a much higher percentage of CAS and SoM students pursue graduate and professional school immediately after receiving their bachelor’s degrees. We also segmented demographic data of students who participated in career fairs and in appointments or walk-ins with our Career & Professional Development staff by class standing, binary gender, fraternity/sorority involvement, and race/ethnicity.