Student Professional Readiness Series

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COVID-19 update

Visitors, students, and staff must follow the University's face-covering rules, updated Aug. 4, 2021.  Masks must be worn inside any WMU building, regardless of vaccination status. For more information, view  WMU's face-covering rules.

Appointments and office hours

We will hold office hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 to noon. Our office has relocated to 3020 Schneider Hall.

All other meetings will be by appointment only. 

To set an appointment:

  • Phone: (269) 387-5131

  • Email: hcob-spurs@wmich.edu

  • 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:

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.

SPuRS workbook

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:

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 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.

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.

Questions?

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 | hcob-spurs@wmich.edu