Frequently Asked Questions

 

I am a full time/part time undergraduate Student. How do I go about preparing for my career transition?

The key to a successful transition is to ensure you develop a plan. A career transition typically does not happen overnight, it is a process that includes much dedication of your time and resources. The PDC recommends that you start your transition 6-12 months before your graduation or desired transition date. By defining a plan of action and a timeline you will be able to benchmark your progress and determine if you are on track to achieve your desired result – it can also make the process seem a little less frustrating along the way!

Think of your career exploration as comprising four steps:

  1. Knowing yourself
  2. Knowing the marketplace
  3. Planning your strategy
  4. Putting your strategy into action

By far, one of the most valuable aspects of your transition (at any stage) is to develop and utilize a strong network of people. The Professional Development Center is focused on assisting our undergraduate students and alumni with any of the stages listed above and providing opportunities for you to connect with the appropriate people.

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What is the Professional Development Center and how can it help me as a student or alum of the WCB?

The PDC is a career resource center located in the Williams College of Business. It was created to meet the needs of our transitioning undergraduate students and alumni. The Center offers a variety of professional development workshops and networking events, online career resources and individualized 1-on-1 career coaching to assist individuals through a career search.

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Do I have to pay extra to use the Professional Development Center?

No. Undergraduate students and alumni have the ability to fully utilize the PDC free of charge.

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Does the Williams College of Business offer a directory that will enable me to find Xavier undergraduates and alums in specific companies or disciplines?

The WCB is a strong proponent of the use of LinkedIn – an online professional networking site. Here you will find many of our students and alumni actively networking with others in the community. Once you have created a LinkedIn profile, it is encouraged to join the online group – Xavier University Williams College of Business Young Professionals Network, a group that currently has over 1,000 members. This is not a Xavier WCB officially sponsored site or group, however has proven to be a great resource.

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Does the Williams College of Business offer on-campus interviews with employers for students or alumni?

Yes - each year Xavier University has a number of local, regional and national employers visit campus to interview WCB undergraduate students and alumni. These opportunities are typically advertised through eRecruiting, our online job board.

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Do you have any salary information on Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) graduates?

Click here to see the latest salary data regarding Xavier's business undergraduates students.

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How can I get involved with the Professional Development Center to assist me in my career transition?

For further information on the resources available, upcoming workshops and events or to schedule a career coaching session you can visit the Professional Development Center homepage. If any questions, please feel free to contact us at ugpdc@xavier.edu or 513-745-4272.

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