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Program Requirements

Kari and Kenny

With the help of your mentor, you will complete a series of requirements to obtain your Professional Development Institute certificate.

Your certificate is made up of three components:

  • Essentials

    All participants are required to complete these requirements.

    • Complete the Focus2 career planning tool to discover your direction and create your career portfolio.
    • Attend the annual kickoff event or attend a student orientation session.
    • Connect with your mentor (in person, by phone or by emai) a recommended minimum of once a month during the semester.
    • Complete one activity associated with the UB Career Cycle.
    • Create/update your resume with Career and Professional Development Center.
    • Create/update your LinkedIn profile.
    • Complete the Professional Development Plan in consultation with your mentor.
    • Complete the post-program self-assessment.
  • Fundamentals

    In consultation with your mentor, you will address these four areas of focus through workshops, activities or experiences.

    • Global Awareness
      Learning Goal: Connect knowledge with choices and actions that engage others in diverse local and global communities
    • Communication
      Learning Goal: Communicate effectively in various media.
    • Ethics and Leadership
      Learning Goal: Acquire knowledge about models of ethical behavior and understand its implications in the development of personal and professional relationships
    • Personal and Professional Competence
      Learning Goal: Apply strategies that enhance professional and personal competence.
  • Practical Experience

    In consultation with your mentor, you will complete one or more experiences that are connected to your career goals.

    • academic or professional research
    • Achievement and Learning Center tutor
    • internship/cooperative education
    • officer role in student organizations or student government
    • officer role in sports club
    • sports team captain
    • Peer Network adviser
    • presentation at a conference or workshop
    • substantial volunteer or service experience
    • study abroad
    • work experience related to career goals (on/off-campus employment)
    • other (with mentor’s approval)

 Students who complete the Professional Development Institute will:

  • create and revise a resume
  • prepare for and practice a job interview
  • develop a comfort level with public speaking
  • identify and discuss personal strengths, and learn to maximize them
  • develop an appreciation for the diversity of cultures in our global society
  • learn and practice leadership and ethical decision making
  • connect and deepen these experiences through coaching and reflection
  • develop an action plan for personal and professional growth.