Professional Development Certification Program
The Professional Development Certification Program is a joint initiative sponsored by the College of Business Administration and Career Services. Students participating in the program will complete a series of activities aimed at clarifying career goals and improving preparedness for acquiring internships and entering the workforce upon graduation.
What are the benefits?
Students who complete the certification program will be recognized by the College of Business Administration at the end of the academic year. Completing the program identifies you as a serious candidate when applying for internships and entry-level jobs. Completion of the program does not guarantee internship or job offers. However, by engaging in the activities required for certification, you will further your professional skills and job search knowledge, which will benefit you throughout your professional career.
Can I put this on my resume?
Yes! Students who complete the certification program should highlight this accomplishment on their resumes and be prepared to talk about the benefits of the program in interviews.
What do I have to do to earn this certification?
You first need to register as a participant.
- If you are a sophomore, you will complete the steps found here.
- If you are a junior, you will complete the steps found here.
The deadline for completing all requirements is in the spring semester.
How do I sign up?
E-mail email@example.com to inform us of your interest in participating.
- Use "Professional Development Certification Program" as the e-mail subject heading.
- Indicate your class year (i.e., sophomore or junior).
Interested in learning more?
Program contact information:
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: (865) 974-5096
What faculty are saying about the Program...
"The Professional Development Certification Program is a great offering and I strongly encourage students to participate. Those who complete the program will find the professional polish gained will complement their overall performance, not to mention having that extra edge when going for that important interview. Definitely worth the time, and a great bullet on the resume, too!"
- Dr. Theodore (Ted) Stank, Bruce Chair of Excellence in Business, and Professor, Supply Chain Management
What students are saying about the Program...
"Not only has the program served to increase my professionalism, but in the process of fulfilling requirements of the program, I have discovered a number of different services and opportunities … that I otherwise would not have known about."
"All the requirements helped me in obtaining an internship.”
"Before I began this program, I was very confused about what steps I could be taking to ensure that my goals were met. ... I feel as if I have a much better chance at achieving my goals now."