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.

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By now, you have received communication from President Montgomery regarding the University's response to the COVID-19 outbreak facing the state of Michigan. With the adjustment to on-line instruction and social distancing, the SPuRS staff are working from home to meet your needs.

We are available for SPuRS consultations and program support via Microsoft Teams, WebEx, appointments by phone and email conversations.

Danielle Field, Program Manager
Brian Smith, Administrative Assistant

"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
2350 Schneider Hall, Mail Stop 5411

Brian Smith, Administrative Assistant I
2320 Schneider Hall, Mail Stop 5457

Contact SPuRS
(269) 387-5131 |