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Carson College of Business Carson Career Amplifier Program

Carson Career Amplifier Program

Program Overview

The Carson Career Amplifier Program is an integral part of the Next Carson Coug curriculum. This co-curricular program complements what students are learning in the classroom. Students will develop professional skills through engaging, hands-on experiences. The Career Amplifier leverages opportunities available to our students from across academic departments, the Carson Center, and University-wide programs in order to provide a structured learning experience that will develop students’ career readiness.

Based on a subset of the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ research-based career readiness competencies and one from the National Academic Advising Association Student Success, the Carson College of Business created a program focused on student retention and successful transition into the workplace.

NACE Career Readiness Competencies:

  • Career Management: Identify and articulate one’s skills, strengths, knowledge, and experiences relevant to the position desired and career goals. Identify areas for growth and pursue professional development of those areas.
  • Communication: Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly, effectively, and professionally both in writing and verbally.
  • Leadership: Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals, and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others.
  • Professionalism: Understand professional expectations and norms at WSU and in the workplace. Demonstrate/model professionalism through accountability.

NACADA Student Success and Retention:

  • Student Success: Acclimate to the expectations of WSU and the Carson College of Business. Develop strategies and identify University tools/resources/services to help students transition to college and understand academic requirements and expectations.
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Tier I: Explore Your New World

Student Success:
Collegiate Foundations

Learn about a variety of resources, tools, and services designed to assist you at WSU and the Carson College of Business.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Attend ONE orientation event.
  • Complete ONE Resource workshop.

Student Success:
Community

Explore the WSU community and find ways to get involved.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Participate in finding your community by attending a meeting or joining a group: Greek life, intramural sports, clubs, marching band, WSU athletics, religious groups, cultural clubs, CAMP, EDGE, etc.

Professionalism:
Discovery

Attend a professional development event at the Carson College of Business, WSU, or in your community, and learn more about opportunities in business.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Attend ONE professional development related event or business-focused activity.
  • Complete the 1st Exploring Your Potential (EYP) online course.

Tier II: Chart Your Path

Career Management:
Exploration

Attend a professional development event at the Carson College of Business, WSU, or in your community, and learn more about opportunities in business.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Complete at least TWO career/professional development activities.
  • Participate in at least ONE higher involvement activity: industry treks, become a business club member, attend several meetings with an industry mentor, etc.
  • Complete the 2nd Exploring Your Potential (EYP) online course.

Communications:
Building Your Network

Learn how to effectively communicate with employers and build a professional network.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Attend at least ONE career networking event.

Student Success:
Collegiate Proficiency

Learn more about tools and resources to refine and implement your academic plan.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Attend Writing Portfolio Workshop.
  • Complete Resource Scavenger Hunt Activity.
  • Complete high impact learning and academic plan.

Career Management:
Crimson Pathway (Only For Incoming Students with 30+ Credits)

First, you will engage in powerful self-assessments, use a variety of skills to continuously expand your opportunity spectrums, learn how to overcome obstacles, conduct effective research, and also experience a first-hand taste of different potential careers. Then, you will identify your assets and liabilities to develop new pathways for improvement, map out organizations and key players within your chosen industry, and create a powerful network of connections to guide you while navigating career steps.

Only required for incoming students with 30+ credits. This will satisfy all Tier I & II requirements.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Complete the 1st Exploring Your Potential (EYP) online course.
  • Complete the 2nd Exploring Your Potential (EYP) online course.
  • Attend Writing Portfolio Workshop.
  • Complete Resource Scavenger Hunt Activity.
  • Complete high impact learning and academic plan.

Tier III: Expand Your Assets

Communications:
Marketing Yourself

Learn how to assess and articulate your skills and experiences to potential employers.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Complete the 3rd Exploring Your Potential (EYP) online course.

Professionalism:
Etiquette

Learn about professionalism and the expectations of potential employers.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Attend at least ONE professionalism/etiquette event.

Professionalism:
Connecting Your Network

Strengthen communication skills through hands-on experience in networking.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Attend at least TWO career networking events and submit a written reflection about the experience.

Leadership:
Develop and Lead

Develop your leadership skills and strengthen job qualifications.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Complete at least ONE leadership development activity.

Tier IV: Carson Professional

Career Management:
Action Plan

Initiate your career action plan.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Complete 4th Exploring Your Potential (EYP) online course.

Career Management:
Distinction

Participate in a high-impact activity relevant to your career goals.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Complete at least ONE high impact learning experience.
  • Submit a written reflection about the above high impact learning experience.

Career Management:
Career Essentials

Prepare to transition from student to professional.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Complete at least ONE career essentials workshop, lecture, etc: Financial Literacy, Navigating HR Forms, Success in the First 90 Days, and much more.

Communications:
Leveraging Your Network

Utilize your network to find career opportunities.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Attend at least THREE career networking events.

Professionalism:
Pay It Forward

Provide feedback and give back to the community.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Report your internship and job hire information.
  • Mentor the next generation of Carson Cougs or give back to society or your community by:
    • Becoming a mentor, tutor, ambassador, orientation counselor, cougar connector, TA, RA, etc.
    • Volunteer your time with a community organization. (i.e. Beta Alpha Psi’s work helping low income families with their taxes.)
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