Alumni Career Mentors

David Baker talking with a Marketing student about his resume - 2016Reach out to JMU alumni through the “JMU College of Business Career Mentor” LinkedIn Group for guidance with your career exploration process. These individuals have been in your shoes and are willing to share their industry knowledge and advice as you develop a plan for launching into the workforce.

To join the group, just complete the following steps:

  • Create/Update LinkedIn Profile (follow steps in this PDF - LinkedIn Profile Checklist
    • 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. 
MadisonBiz Residential Learning Community

Madison Biz Community - 2019Live, learn, and develop leadership skills with a small group of students who are interested in pursuing a business major. You’ll reside in a designated residential hall together and take a course introducing you to the CoB and its offerings. You’ll also participate in team building activities, a service learning trip, and other leadership development programs.

Career KickStart: Developing Future Business Professionals

Sophomore Connection Presentation

Work through online modules to build your resume and LinkedIn profile, and learn how to develop your professional image and hone your networking skills. All students enrolled in COB 202 will participate in this online program which is a partnership between the Office of Professional Development and Engagement and the Department of Management.

For more information, please contact Samantha Collier (

Prep for Success

CoB students attending a presentation in NYC - 2017Prepare for your career by attending professional development workshops and events. The series includes dining etiquette events and workshops on topic areas such as: interview preparation, how to find an internship, and managing your social media presence. Events are publicized in the CoB Connections E-Newsletter and on video screens in Showker Hall.

Etiquette Dinners
Students at the 2021 Etiquette Dinner

In the business world, job interviews or team meetings often take place over lunch or dinner. You’ll want to make a good impression. The CoB Professional Etiquette Dinner offers you the opportunity to learn how to network in a formal setting, how to use various utensils and to how to converse with dining partners you’ve just met. The free event, sponsored by the Office of Professional Development and Engagement, is offered multiple times throughout the academic year. 

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Career Treks

CoB Students Peter Rorvig and Zachary Milauskas meeting with Mary Margaret Prange - 2017Take a closer look at the variety of industries and career opportunities available to business majors by visiting some employers and asking questions first hand. You’ll develop professional skills as you meet with senior-level executives at leading companies and network with JMU alumni who live and work nearby. Each Career Trek includes company visits and evening networking events with JMU alumni.

Click here for more information.

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