Established in 2010 in response to partner and community concerns, the Center helps students find their ideal career based on interest, motivational traits, personality, values, abilities, aptitudes, work styles, and environmental preferences. The Center equips students with appropriate tools to make informed career decisions. The Center also serves as a clearinghouse for employers providing resources and access to the best and brightest.
Early success is evident in the following accomplishments:
- Eighty-five students attended “Employer Days.”
- 234 students attended the Fall 2010 Professional Edge Series, up sixteen percent over the spring Series.
- Sixty-one employers participated in the Fall 2010 Professional Edge Series, up forty-five percent over the spring Series.
- 528 students participated in the “Why Cancel Class” program in the Fall 2010 semester, up eleven percent over the spring semester.
- Sixty-three percent of all COB students participated in some sort of student and career services function in the 2010 fall semester, up ten percent over the spring semester.
- Of 250 graduates in 2010 initially tracked by the Center, sixty-five percent have landed a “professional position” in their chosen career field. Seventy-two percent of those students are working in Arkansas.
- Over one hundred students attended “Lecture with the Leaders” during the first quarter of 2011. These events help students prepare for their desired career path and educate them on their job search.
To elevate the Student Services and Career Center to the level anticipated at an AACSB accredited professional school, we seek support for the following:
- Student/Employer Networking is a positive mentoring experience. Two existing events have proven successful, the Student/Employer Speed Mixer and Cafè MBA. Additional opportunities are needed for undergraduate, MBA, and employer networking.
- Professional Development is essential in our ever-changing world and economy. Increasing in-college events and off-campus opportunities for students, employers, and staff will hone new skills for staff and students while assisting employers with the management of the college relationship.
- Recruiting Budgets would provide the COB with needed resources to attract top-tier, incoming freshmen through annual college fairs across the state and region. Funding would be utilized to pay registration fees, travel, provide collateral materials, booth designs, and the ability to purchase ACT score lists for targeted recruitment.
- Business Buzz (Simplycity Software) allows students to post resumes and employers to post job opportunities. It’s a searchable database for both students and employers and can manage and distribute surveys for student and employer groups.
- The Professional Edge Series has already proven successful, and a program expansion to include events focused on life skills would complete the portfolio of services providing a true competitive edge in career placement efforts.
- Business Weekends are exceptional opportunities to expose top, high school students interested in a business education to the COB. Successful in other UALR colleges, the on-campus residential experience introduces prospective business students to college life, key faculty and existing students, and early business principles to encourage their pursuit of a business degree.