CUprofessional is designed to enhance students’ career development and job search skills. Comprised of various appointments, programs, workshops, and events ranging from resumes and interviewing to networking and professionalism, students have the flexibility to choose which option(s) best meet their needs.
How it works
It’s simple. You have the flexibility of choosing from professional development options that work best with your schedule. Whether that’s an individual appointment, participating online, attending an event, a hybrid, or all – the content remains the same! Check out our options below.
- Ready for the college to career transition?
- A one day event, held in the spring semester, offering access to alumni and employers providing their expertise to help with your college to career transition.
- Focus: Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
- Conference details and RSVP form.
The following program topics are available in any CUprofessional platform and are designed with you in mind. Programs are open and appropriate for any major or student.
- Complete Focus 2 career and major exploration self-assessment online and meet virtually or in-person with a career coach. Complete assessments to determine how your interests, values, skills and personality relate to occupations and majors.
Resumes and References: Beyond the Basics
- Gain a greater insight regarding a quality resume as coaches and/or employers unravel the mystery behind keywords, targeting the resume and applicant tracking systems.
- Learn how to prepare before, what to expect during and what to do after the interview.
- Learn skills to communicate professionally and appropriately, in-person and online. You'll also learn basic and advanced elements of an effective LinkedIn profile.
- Learn the easy-to-follow roadmap of navigating the writing and research process.
- Learn about the development, assembly, and effective utilization of a career portfolio, towards any discipline.
- Gain tips on how to prepare for and navigate salary questions during the interview, respectfully approach salary negotiation, and create a value-based budget to live soundly after college.
Job or Internship Search Strategies
- Learn skills related to conducting a proactive job or internship search, locating job or internship resources, using online job/internship boards and how to work a job fair.
- Learn what it takes to dress for success and the dos and don’ts of dining etiquette.
- Gain insight for selecting a school/program, when to apply, how to create your application packet, sources of funding, application documents, entrance exams and what graduate schools look for in an applicant.
In efforts to help students market skills learned through CUprofessional, the Center for Career and Professional Development will verify students’ completed the number of program topics required to obtain a digital badge.
Why earn a Badge?
A digital badge is an online representation of the skills you've learned and earned throughout CUprofessional. You can use this badge to help tell your story and differentiate yourself when applying for jobs. When our office sends you verification, via email, we will include the digital badge, description and criteria of the badge, outlining what exactly you had to do in order to receive the badge.
Typically students will earn a badge(s) between their sophomore and senior years.
- In order to earn a gold badge, students must complete at least 8 program topics.
- In order to earn a silver badge, students must complete 6 program topics.
- In order to earn a bronze badge, students must complete 4 program topics.
See program topics for a detailed list of program topics.
Remember, program topics can be completed in a hybrid approach. For example, maybe you attended Speed Sessions for Career Success in the fall but missed the interviewing skills presentation because of class. You can supplement that presentation by scheduling an individual appointment, signing up for the Professional Development Series Online, or attending it at the Professional Development Day – and still earn your badge!
Earn our Newest Badge!
The platinum badge is eligible to gold badge recipients who wish to continue enhancing their career readiness skills, such as oral/written communication, professionalism/work ethic, and career management.
Learn the rules and how to level up with our downloadable game board.
Think you have what it takes? Sign-up now!
Marketing your Badge
We suggest placing the criteria for earning the badge within your career portfolio, LinkedIn, or even resume. Check out examples on how to market your badge.
Remember: Earning a badge grants students “mentee eligibility” for the CUmentor program. Gold badge earners are matched first, followed by silver and then bronze.
If your student organization is interested in holding a specific program, let us know!
If you have any questions contact the Center for Career and Professional Development at 814-393-2323, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by our office in 419 Becht Hall.