In class, the senior from Dover, Ohio, majors in entrepreneurship and innovation at the John Chambers College of Business and Economics. But outside the classroom, this is a big week for Jake, who will represent West Virginia University at the 2019 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships March 28-30 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center, in Austin, Texas.
In an increasingly global job market, college students need more than classroom knowledge to compete. They need practical, real-world experience obtained through internships and leadership opportunities. At West Virginia University’s John Chambers College of Business and Economics, thenew Career Studio provides students with the coaching they need to embark on a successful career.
Business school students here will find that the Career Studio is staffed by their fellow students — peer career coaches who have demonstrated success in their own internship or job search. These coaches are also active members in the Chambers College Career Readiness Program and know the skills and competencies that employers are seeking in early talent.
The collegiate path taken by marketing senior Emily Broughton certainly isn’t a traditional one, but it is a path that helped her launch her professional career months before she receives her diploma.
After transferring to West Virginia University from Temple University, Emily wondered what the next chapter of her college life would look like. That is, until she took a sales class in the John Chambers College of Business and Economics. From the first day in that class, she said, everything clicked.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — There are common threads that run through three West Virginia University’s John Chambers College of Business and Economics faculty members who have been named endowed chairs: a passion for research and using the knowledge generated from their research in the classroom. All three have also created unique, experiential learning opportunities for their students that take them outside the classroom and into the real world.
That sense of purpose and zeal in two different, but related, areas of study have prompted a high level of engagement by their students and a continued demonstration of resourcefulness in taking on the challenges of the business world. As a result, Chambers College leadership worked with Sears Holding Company to reconfigure the company’s support to the college, converting an existing endowed chair into three endowed chairs.
Cameron Keefe is only a second semester freshman, but she finds herself in elite company these days. She is one of only 15 finalist teams in the West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition and could be the recipient of one of three $10,000 grand prizes to start her own business in West Virginia.
An enthusiastic and personable mechanical engineering senior who enjoys solving problems has created an idea with a sophomore industrial engineering major. The team, from the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, has made it to the finals of the West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition, a competition designed to encourage college students statewide to turn their ideas into real businesses.