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New Career Development Curriculum Incorporated into DU Business Degree

A new, four-year career development curriculum is being integrated into the bachelor’s business degree at Duquesne University, starting with this year’s freshmen.

Specific, required programs will be offered during each of the students’ four years at Duquesne, resulting in a Professional Development Certificate in addition to an undergraduate degree. As a result, students will be better positioned for job searches and careers, said Business School Dean Alan R. Miciak and Nicole Feldhues, director of Duquesne’s Career Services Center.

Historically, colleges and career service offices have focused on students landing their first jobs. “This program emphasizes preparation in ways that go beyond academics, by educating students on the attitudes, skills and behaviors of business professionals,” Miciak said. “Our program is unique because this preparation is embedded into the entire four-year undergraduate program.”

The structured program will provide extracurricular experiences to enhance a student’s career and professional success in four core areas: career and job search skills, professional success skills, networking experiences and current business trends.

“Career networking and development is not something that should appear on the radar only in the student’s senior year,” Miciak said. “As students are growing academically, they also should be growing in professional savvy. Career development has been changing dramatically, and this program responds to these changes, thanks to the results of our ongoing dialogue with employers that hire our graduates.”

Each year of the program has required and optional offerings, which range from business major fairs, career exploration, time and stress management sessions, resume workshops and student organization information programs to advice from recruiters in residence, programs on ethics, diversity and workplace expectations, as well as internship, job and graduate school fairs.

“By encouraging students to think about their career paths from the time they set foot on campus and by providing additional guidance through a comprehensive, structured package, we look forward to enhancing student success in the workplace,” Feldhues said.

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