Professional Advantage, the College of Business Administration's professional development program, enhances student education and marketability by preparing them for a successful career, helping them excel in the marketplace and enriching their lives.
In a survey of students, they recommended that companies recruit by building a relationship with students and helping them learn. A junior in Accounting stated, “Rather than only presenting on the company, a better approach for recruiters is to give presentations on skills or give advice that will help students succeed, and then spend just a few minutes talking about their company. This gives students the opportunity to learn more about what the recruiters care about and what topics they find important, giving students a better idea if they would fit well inside the company.”
Professional Advantage provides K-State Business students a competitive advantage
Students are trained by professionals, recruiters, and alumni how to be a career ready professional including effective interview skills, how to professionals, recruiters, and alumni network, and business etiquette
Students are recognized with on their transcript and resume Professional Advantage Certification to signify their dedication to professional development and their career readiness
Students have the opportunity to participate in our pairs students with a successful and experienced executive mentor to forge affiliate Executive Mentor program which a long-lasting, professional relationship
Students have the opportunity to network with companies that recruit business students
In a survey of students, they recommended that companies recruit by building a relationship with students and helping them learn. A junior in Accounting stated, “Rather than only presenting on the company, a better approach for recruiters is to give presentations on skills or give advice that will help students succeed, and then spend just a few minutes talking about their company. This gives students the opportunity to learn more about what the recruiters care about and what topics they find important, giving students a better idea if they would fit well inside the company.” Professional Advantage provides opportunities to build relationships with students.
Partner with Professional Advantage
Professional Advantage Seminars
Be a Professional Advantage Trainer! Teach students how to be career ready by teaching core area seminars on topics such as networking, leading to succeed, and communication etiquette.
Resume Review or Mock Interview Workshops
Meet one-on-one with students to offer feedback on their resume and interview skills.
Company Meet and Greets Schedule a table in our business building to talk to students as they head to class. Display your branding material in a similar style to a career fair. Feel free to complement your table with food and beverages.
Host a networking event for casual discussions with business students. The company is responsible for food and beverages. This event must be paired with a training seminar.
Sponsor a table at Dining Etiquette. Network with students prior to the workshop and then complement their learning throughout the workshop by talking of your experience with business dining at your table.
"I chose to participate in Professional Advantage because the company I really want to work for is very involved in it. I have gotten to go to countless speaking events, networking opportunities and meet many employees at that company. The Professional Advantage program can benefit any student, regardless of their year in school or major." - Kathryn MacGregor, junior in Marketing
Benefits to Your Organization
Develop relationships with students at different stages of their career at K-State through training sessions targeted for freshman to seniors
Through teaching students professional skills you can establish your reputation as a major employer who cares about student development
Access to groups of business students who want to learn from your expertise and learn about the opportunities at your company
Network with business students in a casual setting
Brand your company in the College of Business Administration
Our commitment to you
Our professional staff will work with you to match your recruiting goals with the Professional Advantage student training mission
We will handle the details of marketing your event, room arrangements, and student sign-ups
We will help develop engaging programs that meet learning objectives and prepare students to be future leaders in your company
We will refer you to other resources on campus to reach any additional student engagement goals you may have
Ask business students about Professional Advantage
When you connect with K-State business students at career fairs or other recruitment events, ask about their involvement with Professional Advantage and look for Professional Advantage Certification on their resume. The program is voluntary so student involvement indicates to you that they are dedicated to their professional development. If they have completed the program you can feel confident that the student has received training in soft skill areas of etiquette, interviewing, diversity and cross-cultural competence, leadership, and networking.
Professional Advantage Training You Help Provide
Through completing Professional Advantage, students are trained in core areas identified by company executives and recruiters as being critical to career success. Students also customize their professional development by selecting from a variety of elective seminars to attend.
Students earning a total of 32 Professional Advantage points, 23 in the required core areas, by graduation:
1. Earn Professional Advantage Certification to include on their resume
2. Receive a transcript designation, a certificate, and are recognized at graduation
Prepare focuses on developing skills to help prepare the student to make the necessary connections to acquire a good job
Excel focuses on developing the skills to aid students in excelling in the workplace and being model employees
Enrich focuses on developing skills to enrich the student’s life within and outside the workplace
Diversity & Cross-Cultural Competence
Every Student Can Succeed