“People do business with people they enjoy being around. It’s those soft skills that make a difference — whether it’s in a large setting, over lunch or at a networking event. Good people skills can jumpstart a career,” said Dave Schaake, BS ’77, School of Business advisory board chair and senior executive at Aon plc.
The SIUE School of Business provides a wide range of resources to help students prepare for a successful career. Students have access to co-op and internship opportunities, academic advisors, study abroad opportunities, and a business curriculum specifically designed to help teach students critical skills employers are seeking.
Students in the School of Business benefit from a curriculum that focuses on soft skills—work ethic, reliability and communication skills—that are critical to success in the corporate working environment.
Planning for Success: All School of Business students are required to take GBA 301 before they begin the core of their major coursework. The class meets just once during an eight-hour orientation session that’s tightly scheduled and meant to reflect the demands of a typical professional workday. The day includes:
“Ability to verbally communicate with people inside and outside the organization”
- Most important soft skill as ranked by employers in Job Outlook 2013
Learning goals and faculty expectations
Importance of global and cultural awareness
Mock networking event
Commitment Beyond College: Taken in their final semester, students refine interpersonal skills and prepare for the reality of life after college by participating in several focused events, including:
Financial planning seminar
Reflecting upon career and professionalism topics
The SIUE Career Development Center is an excellent resource for co-ops and internships, resume preparation and referrals, job searching, mock interviews, and career counseling.
A business education from SIUE will prepare you for success as a business or community leader. SIUE School of Business alumni are leaders in the global business world.