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Professional Development

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To follow your Professional Development Plan. 

The resources provided here are designed to help you in your coursework.
It is also YOUR personal Professional Development Plan.

Following each element of content on this page will give you the tools, knowledge and strategy necessary to be successful at making the professional career choice and attaining the career or career growth you seek from your DU degree.

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Phone: (616) 698-7111
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CAREER EXPLORATION

To select a major that suits you or identifying a career you will be interested in:
These tools are designed to help you make up your mind. If you have decided on a major or want to see what else fits your personality, use the tools below.

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  • My Next Move is a fun, informative site that can help you fine tune what careers may be interesting to you.
  • O*NET is a great resource for researching occupations, their educational requirements, employment outlook and salaries.  
  • You can interview a business professional in a field that interests you to gain an understanding of what it takes to succeed in that career path. Download this PDF file for information and techniques that will help you with this project.

DEVELOP YOUR SKILLS

The #1 issue facing employers today is finding talent with the soft skill to perform successfully in the workplace, and in front of customers, clients, and organizational leadership. Start here to develop the professional skills employers seek.

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  • Interviewing Skills: Interviewing for a job can be stressful, but we can help. Schedule a mock interview with a Career Services professional to increase your confidence.
  • Soft Skills: This refers to your personal qualities, habits, attitudes and social graces. This PowerPoint offers tips and suggestions that can help.
  • Etiquette: Working and interviewing for a company takes etiquette, no matter where you are. Below are some resources to help answer questions about what is appropriate and what is not
    • Email etiquette information
    • Forbes article on international business etiquette
    • Cyborlink covers areas of business etiquette, manners and culture
    • Professional Letter Writing: Not sure how to write a thank you letter or business correspondence? Career Services can also help with that.

DEVELOP YOUR PORTFOLIO

In addition to developing your professional skills, every professional needs a great portfolio. They a top notch resume and business profile to help with employment searching and professional growth. The resources here will help you develop and effective network, on-line presence and resources needed to start and grow in your field.

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  • Resume and cover letter: Building a resume and cover letter is very important. Employers can spend as little as 1 minute looking at a prospective resume. Make your stand out with our help. Not sure you can do this yourself? Then schedule an appointment with Career Services to go over your resume.
  • LinkedIn: This is a great resource for networking connections. Create your free profile and begin connecting with fellow students and business professionals.
  • Job Search Options: Building a portfolio and resume online can connect you to potential employers. Two great resources for this are Indeed and Glassdoor.

DEVELOP YOUR STRATEGY

It is important to focus on career elements that lead to your goal. What you say in the first 30 seconds of a conversation, your social media image and how you network, all say volumes of who you are and what you stand for. Below you will find information and tips to consider when developing a strategy and how you can brand yourself. 

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  • Networking: It is very important to develop contacts in and out of school and business. Sometimes, who you know is just as important than what you know.
  • Identify Opportunities: Human Metrics is an online website that offers several personality trait tools to help you see what strategy will work for your development. This includes the Jung Typology Test, Entrepreneur Profiler, Visionary Test, Team Building and others. Many of these are free.
  • Get Involved: Connections through involvement happen every day. Volunteering or joining a club are great ways to get connected. Using these avenues can place you in strategic locations to develop great networking contacts.