Through Business Savvy, you’ll obtain the communication and interpersonal tools you need to succeed in your career. The program will allow you to:
- Participate in short, concentrated seminars focused on career management skills.
- Meet with faculty members to explore and discuss your career options.
- Learn from evening guest speakers, who will offer real–life perspectives on what it takes to succeed in business today.
- Complete self–assessments that will provide you with insight and information.
- Teach you how to write eye–catching and professional resumes and cover letters.
- Practice job interviewing skills.
- Learn effective job search techniques.
Learn How to Make a Good Impression
A new employee’s first few months are critical. Your attitude and performance during this period often can influence how quickly you are recognized and promoted.
Business Savvy will introduce you to the organizational dynamics affecting new employees and suggests ways to:
- Create a positive first impression.
- Listen, observe and query.
- Exemplify ethics and social responsibility.
- Make presentations in front of groups.
- Dress appropriately for different business occasions.
- Observe meeting etiquette.
Build Your Teamwork Skills
The success of many organizations today depends upon the intricate interplay between individual initiative and teamwork.
Through an intensive experiential exercise and the experience of working on a project team, Business Savvy will teach you how to:
- Navigate the complexities of group decision–making and problem–solving.
- Explore and define your personal style.
- Develop assertive techniques for participating and leading.
- Manage and channel conflict.
- Practice active listening and facilitation skills.
Career Skills Seminars
Business Savvy’s seminars will help you beef up your career skills.
- Job Search Strategies: Most students use books and the Internet for researching careers. However, the best source of career information is the people who do the work. In this workshop, you will learn how to connect with professionals in your field of interest, eventually uncovering job leads.
- Business Meeting Facilitation and Participation: Workplace meetings are one of the primary settings in which people develop ideas, make decisions, solve problems and coordinate tasks. Learn about facilitator and participant behaviors that can make the difference between a deadly meeting and a great one. Exercises allow you to practice and develop your meeting skills.
- Communicating the Write Way: Short, clear and to–the–point, business writing must convey information and concepts concisely and professionally. Learn the form and etiquette of writing e–mails, memos, faxes, reports and letters.
- Attention–Getting Cover Letters and Resumés: Knowing how to make a positive first impression on paper is the key to being invited for an interview. Learn how to market your experiences so you’ll stand out from the crowd. In addition, you’ll discover the best way to communicate your resumés and cover letters electronically.
- Business Etiquette: Explore modern business etiquette, including dressing appropriately, making powerful first impressions, introducing business associates, mixing and mingling at business events, and interacting with fellow employees.
- Wowing Employers, Making the Most of Your Interview: Once you’ve secured the interview, how can you get the job? Learn how to dress and act like the best candidate for the job, answer tough interview questions and make a positive impression with post–interview correspondence.
- Presentation Skills: Learn effective presentation skills and techniques. This workshop will help you not only in presenting your Foundation Business Simulation results but also in the real business world.
Optional Career Counseling
If you wish, you may take advantage of individual career counseling.