In today's rapidly changing job market, success demands more than just knowledge. It requires a powerful skill set that can adapt and excel in any situation. That's where the eight National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Career Readiness Competencies come in:

  • Career & Self Development
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Equity & Inclusion
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism
  • Teamwork
  • Technology

Programs in the Professional Development and Engagement Office are strategically designed to align with these competencies, ensuring your holistic growth. Each program provides a tailored experience to enhance your employability, empower you to contribute meaningfully to your organization and navigate your career journey with unwavering assurance. 

Career KickStart: Developing Future Business Professionals

Sophomore Connection PresentationCraft a compelling resume, master the art of making meaningful connections and expand your networking expertise by working through online modules. This program is a partnership between the Office of Professional Development and Engagement and the Department of Business Management and is required of all CoB students enrolled in COB 202. 

NACE Competencies: Career & Self Development, Communication; Critical Thinking, Professionalism, and Technology

Prep for Success

Equip yourself for your future career by attending and actively participating in a wide range of professional development activities. Workshops and events cover an array of essential topics, from mastering interview techniques to exploring internship opportunities and effectively managing your social media presence. Stay informed about upcoming events through the CoB Connections E-Newsletter, Handshake and the digital screens throughout  the Learning Complex, ensuring you never miss an opportunity to enhance your professional growth.

NACE Competencies: Career & Self Development, Communication, Critical Thinking, Equity & Inclusion, Leadership, Professionalism, Teamwork and Technology

CoB students attending a presentation in NYC - 2017
Etiquette Dinners
Students at the 2021 Etiquette Dinner

Make a positive first impression whether your job interview or team meeting is in an office or over a shared meal. The college’s Professional Etiquette Dinners present a unique opportunity where you will master networking in a formal setting, learn how to properly handle utensils and engage in meaningful conversations with dining partners you have just met. Hosted by the Office of Professional Development and Engagement, this complimentary event is offered each semester. Read more.

NACE Competencies: Career & Self Development, Communication, Equity & Inclusion, and Professionalism

Career Treks

CoB Students Peter Rorvig and Zachary Milauskas meeting with Mary Margaret Prange - 2017

Discover the breadth of industries and career opportunities available to business majors by participating in a Career Trek in New York City, Richmond, VA or Washington D.C. Metro Area. Engage directly with employers, gain firsthand insights and enhance your professional skills by meeting senior-level executives and JMU alumni from leading companies. Each trek includes company visits and evening networking events. 

Click here for more information.

NACE Competencies: Career & Self Development, Communication, Critical Thinking, Equity & Inclusion, Leadership, Professionalism, Teamwork, and Technology

Alumni Career Mentors

David Baker talking with a Marketing student about his resume - 2016

Connect with JMU alumni to gain valuable insights and guidance by joining the "JMU College of Business Career Mentor" LinkedIn Group. These graduates have already made the transition from student to career professionals and are eager to share their industry knowledge and advice as you navigate your way into the business world. 

To become part of this supportive community, follow these simple steps: 

  • Create/Update LinkedIn Profile. LinkedIn Learning, available through the JMU Libraries, has resources to assist you in building a profile.
    • Click here to make an appointment with the Office of Professional Development and Engagement if you would like our assistance with creating your profile
  • Search LinkedIn Groups for “JMU College of Business Career Mentor” and request to join
  • Start engaging with fellow group members! You can message alumni to ask for advice or for an informational interview. Click here for a list of informational interview questions. 

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