Student Professional Readiness Series

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"Spurring success" from college to career

The Student Professional Readiness Series (SPuRS) is a co-curricular graduation requirement in the Haworth College of Business at Western Michigan University, ensuring that all undergraduate B.B.A. students "earn their spurs" and graduate with the career readiness competencies desired by employers as defined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers:

Career and Self Development: Proactively develop oneself and one's career through continual personal and professional learning, awareness of one's strengths and weaknesses, navigation of career opportunities, and networking to build relationships within and without one's organization.

Communication: Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts and perspectives with persons inside and outside of an organization.

Critical Thinking: Identify and respond to needs based upon an understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information.

Equity and Inclusion: Demonstrate the awareness, attitude, knowledge and skills required to equitably engage and include people from different local and global cultures. 

Leadership: Recognize and capitalize on personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals.

Professionalism: Knowing work environments differ greatly, understand and demonstrate effective work habits, and act in the interest of the larger community and workplace.

Teamwork: Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively towards common goals, while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities. 

Technology: Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks and accomplish goals.

The SPuRS program guides you, as a business student, in cultivating your interpersonal skills, leadership attributes and professional competencies through co-curricular programming. SPuRS was developed based on employer feedback and prepares you to successfully launch from college to career.


  • Office Hours

    Our office hours for the fall 2023 semester are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. SPuRS representatives are located in the Zhang Career Center, 3020 Schneider Hall.

  • SPuRS Workbook

    SPuRS workbooks are available in the Zhang Career Center, 3020 Schneider Hall,  or you can download a digital copy of the SPuRS workbook here.

Schedule a SPuRS consultation online

You can easily book an appointment with a SPuRS staff member through our online portal. Or, schedule via phone or email at (269) 387-5131 or



If you have questions about this program, contact SPuRS:

Danielle Field, Director
3020 Schneider Hall

Brian Smith, Career Readiness Coach
3020 Schneider Hall

Ashley Radcliffe, Administrative Assistant II
3020 Schneider Hall

Contact SPuRS
(269) 387-5131 |