Student Professional Readiness Series

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    Limitless professional resources

    No matter what your academic and career goals are, SPuRS provides the resources to help you achieve them. 

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    Get engaged

    Several pillars of engagement provide the experiences you need to transition seamlessly from college to career.

  • Career readiness

    The SPuRS program ensures students graduate with the professional skills most desired by employers.

Temporary relocation

To support social distancing and support staffing needs throughout the college, the SPuRS program office has temporarily relocated to 3020 Schneider Hall.

Appointments & virtual office hours

We will hold virtual office hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 to noon. To chat with one of the SPuRS staff, click on the CHAT tab below.

All other meetings will be by appointment only. 

To set an appointment:

  • Phone: (269) 387-5131
  • Email:
  • Bookings: You can schedule an appointment with one of the SPuRS staff by clicking on the link below.

"Spurring success" from college to career

The Student Professional Readiness Series 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:

  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Oral and written communications
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Digital technology
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism and work ethic
  • Career management
  • Global/Intercultural Fluency

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.


Foundational level

You will move progressively through the program beginning with the foundational level, focusing on activities guiding you through:

  • Self-awareness
  • Major exploration
  • Introduction to a variety of industries
  • Communication strategies
  • Learning to take initiative and ownership of professional development

Advanced level

The advanced level of the program provides immersive experiences supporting development of professional characteristics such as:

  • Critical thinking
  • Leadership
  • Cultural appreciation
  • Networking
  • Teamwork
  • Personal branding

By graduation, you should attain gold, silver or bronze recognition within the program. You will have enhanced your career readiness, built a professional network and be prepared to seamlessly enter the workforce.


If you have questions about this program, contact SPuRS:

Danielle Field, Program Manager
3020 Schneider Hall

Brian Smith, Administrative Assistant I
3020 Schneider Hall

Contact SPuRS
(269) 387-5131 |