SPuRS Workbook

SPurs Workbook—your career readiness guide

"Make time to intentionally invest in your professional growth and career readiness. SPuRS provides the framework for this development and includes approved activities , experiences and opportunities... Challenge yourself to do more than the minimum, stay actively engaged, build your personal brand and professionally network with confidence."
—Danielle Field, SPuRS Program Manager

Printable version of the SPuRS workbook 

First year

Foundational level activities are exploratory in nature, providing insight into personal and interpersonal awareness, business majors and industries, professional development and career readiness.

To satisfy the foundational level, before applying to the BBA program, students must:

  • Complete a minimum of six SPuRS-approved foundational level activities with two from each pillar of engagement.
  • Initiate the foundational level audit through ExperienceWMU.

Where do I start?

Sophomore year

It is recommended that you complete a minimum of two foundational level SPuRS-approved activities in your sophomore year at WMU. To satisfy the foundational level, you must complete six  foundational level SPuRS-approved activities, two from each of the three  pillars, and the SPuRS Foundational Level Audit before applying to the BBA program.

Begin the advanced level of the program and complete three advanced level SPuRS-approved activities in your sophomore year.

 How do I maintain momentum?

Junior year

Advanced level activities are more immerse in nature. Students are encouraged to identify and select SPuRS experiences that support their own career development and growth.

To satisfy the advanced level, before applying to graduate, students must:

  • Complete a minimum of  six SPuRS-approved advanced level activities with two from each pillar of engagement.
  • Initiate the advanced level audit through ExperienceWMU.

 How do I finish strong?

Senior year

Students are encouraged to view SPuRS as an opportunity to invest in their career readiness. With that in mind, students have the opportunity in the advanced level of the program to receive designation based on their engagement with advanced level experiences.

  • Bronze SPuR: 6 advanced level SPuRS-approved activities
  • Silver SPuR: 12 advanced level SPuRS-approved activities
  • Gold SPuR: 18+ advanced level SPuRS-approved activities

These designations will be awarded in the final semester of school prior to graduation in a pinning ceremony as part of BUS 4000, Business Professionalism.

Reminder: BUS 4000 is offered in the fall and spring semesters. It is not offered in the summer sessions. Students who plan to graduate during the summer months will take BUS 4000 in the spring prior to graduation.

Can I go for the gold?

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