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Career Readiness Program

The Career Readiness Program (CRP) is designed to accelerate the professional goals of academically high-performing sophomores and juniors.

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GAIN A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE.

 

In addition to academic excellence, employers identified the following competencies as strong predictors for success in the workplace. 
The CRP is designed to help students acquire them!
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Career Management Professionalism/Work Ethic
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Oral/Written Communication Leadership
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Digital Technology Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
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Global/Intercultural Fluency Teamwork/Collaboration

Program Overview

The Career Readiness Program (CRP) prepares students for success in the workplace. Programs and events focus on the following: critical thinking/problem solving, oral/written communication skills, digital technology, leadership, professionalism/work ethic, teamwork/collaboration, global/intercultural fluency, and career management.

How to Apply

Interested students must attend one of the following workshop. RSVP in Handshake.

  • Wednesday, August 28 from 11:30 to 12:30 in the Dean's Board Room
  • Wednesday, August 28 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in B&E 428
  • Thursday, August 29 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in B&E 240
If you are unable to attend one of the sessions, please contact Ashley.Lesnick@mail.wvu.edu

Platinum Level Requirements

  • 3.25 or higher cumulative GPA 
  • Minimum of 25 points based on event attendance/participation
  • Score of 80% or higher on an in-person or virtual mock interview conducted by the CCD (requirement for new members, varies based on prior participation)

Perks

All of those included for Gold Level plus:  
  • CRP/Chambers College padfolio

  • Invitations to exclusive employer trips and networking events

  • Enhanced opportunities to network with B&E Distinguished Speakers and/or guests

  • Priority consideration for professional certification opportunities 

Platinum Level status will not be confirmed until the end of the Fall 2019 semester based on completion of requirements.  Most student perks will be offered to all CRP students unless a limited number of spots are available,         at which time we will initially offer participation in those activities to CRP students with a 3.25 or higher Cumulative GPA.

    Gold Level Requirements

    • 2.8 or higher Cumulative GPA 
    • Minimum of 15 points based on event attendance/participation

    Perks

    • Career Readiness Program resume designation
    • CRP lapel pin

    • CRP t-shirt
    • Digital badge to be used on LinkedIn profile and email signature
    • Enhanced name tags for Chambers College Career Fairs and other events
    • Invitations to employer-sponsored events targeting CRP members
    • Identification as a CRP member in Handshake (process TBD)
    • Paid registration for Professional Image Dinner 

    Find out what CRP members have to say...

    Frank Kerekes, MIS and HTOR

    “Being in the Career Readiness Program has really helped me get my name out there and network with future employers. I have met many faculty and staff in B&E that I wouldn’t have been able to get in contact with without the CRP. It helps get you one step ahead of other students in B&E, giving you an edge to present to employers… The hardest part of the CRP is figuring out what to wear to the next event.”


    Maria Lombardi, Marketing

    “In the CRP, I have gone to various events and different avenues to build myself up and to build that confidence I need. It helps you learn to work with others and really find what is best for the team. That’s something that I don’t know that I would have gotten without the Career Readiness Program. It’s about taking that leap of faith and going for it and striving to be the best. I would encourage any business major to go for it because it can really help you enhance yourself as a person, but it also helps you enhance others by working together.”


    Samantha Sarraf, Accounting

    “I think people should join because it will prepare you for the future. When you’re doing some of the tasks, you might think it’s not helping you, but as you progress further down, you’re going to realize that every seminar you went to and every hand you shook at career fairs, every mock interview you did—it’s all preparing you. Those hands you shook might not have had a position for you right then, but if you have an impact on someone and if you go back later, they’re going to remember who you are. Being in CRP shows that you’re invested because not only do you value your education, but you’re showing you’re willing to put in the extra work that other people aren’t willing to do.”


    Dakota Wolfe, MIS

    “The CRP gives you a better foundation to talk to employers and get more one-on-one time with employers. We get to build up our own personal portfolios, talk to professionals, and know how to interact with employers. I know when I came in, I stuttered a lot talking to employers and had no idea what I was doing. But after I started going to more events after joining the program, and doing all of the mock interviews, I improved. The CRP puts you at ease [with employers] and gives a lot more confidence when you are talking to employers. I now have a confidence to me that employers like to see in a professional setting.”

    Questions?

    Contact Ashley Lesnick at ashley.lesnick@mail.wvu.edu