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MBA Professional Development Program

The Professional Development Program (PDP) is a two-year seminar series that prepares students for professional success through active exploration of topics related to career assessment, personal brand development and activation, and ongoing career management.  It is an integrated component of the Chapman MBA program and is offered in conjunction with the resources provided by the Graduate Business Career Center.  The MBA PDP will empower students to be confident, competitive candidates in their professional fields of choice.  The Fall PDP syllabus can be viewed here.

PDP will begin at Orientation and continue each Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. throughout the Fall semester.  Please reserve this time on your calendars. Participation is expected for all Full-Time MBA and Emerging Leaders MBA students and open to Flex MBA students.

+-Summer Professional Development Program Deliverables (Full-Time/Emerging Leaders only)

As Full-Time students, we know that you have taken time away from your careers to pursue your MBA.  We also know how important it is to you to be able to use your degree as a springboard for the next phase of your career.  For most students, a summer internship is critical for gaining relevant experience and developing their professional brand.  For that reason, much of the first year of your program will be focused on preparing you to be a competitive candidate for the internship recruitment process. 

The timeline for internship recruitment varies quite a bit by industry, with the majority of employers posting positions in the winter timeframe.  However, top organizations in select industries (typically strategy/management consulting firms, investment banking and other large financial services providers, and large consumer/packaged goods brands) will begin their summer internship recruitment shortly after the start of the Fall semester.  Additionally, regardless of your desired industry, the Fall semester is a critical time for building networking relationships, so our program is designed for getting you ready early.

Please complete the following deliverables by the deadlines indicated below.  All materials should be emailed to Lauren Klentak at klentak@chapman.edu.

Due Date Deliverable Description
July 7 Goals & Interests Survey Follow this link to complete the Goals & Interests Onboarding Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MBAGoals
July 7 Accomplishment Stories Worksheet Employers have told us that the most competitive candidates distinguish themselves by their ability to tell compelling stories that detail their accomplishments.  The creation of a catalogue of accomplishment stories is an important first step in developing your personal brand, as well as a building block for subsequent career development activities such as resume development, interview preparation, and networking conversations. To begin this process, please complete the Accomplishment Stories Worksheet.
July 21 Resume The next step in the Professional Development Program plan is to develop a working resume that will later be adapted for specific targets and opportunities.  Be sure to use your Accomplishments Worksheet to highlight your most significant achievements. There are two versions of the Chapman MBA Resume template that you may choose from: the Basic Resume or the Key Skills Resume.  We have received feedback from employers about overall design and formatting preferences and this template is the result of their input.  In addition, please review this excellent resume tip sheet from one of our employer partners, PwC.  Please use this as a guideline to creating and editing your resume.In order to participate in Chapman-sponsored recruiting events and our exclusive online job/internship database, you must have an approved resume in this format.  We will have the opportunity to refine and finalize your resume throughout the Fall semester, but as a first step, please create a first draft of your Chapman MBA Resume in this format.
August 1 Career Leader Assessment Please be on the lookout for a separate email from the Career Center with the link/instructions for completing the Career Leader Assessment.
August 18          Introductory Presentations On Tuesday, August 19 of Orientation, you will have the opportunity to present a 3-4 minute self-introduction to your classmates and the Career Center team.  This is an excellent way to practice communicating your “brand,” refine your presentation skills, and get to know your peers.  All presentations should include a visual component (e.g., powerpoint, prezi, etc.) and should tell the story of who you are and what you hope to do with your MBA.

+-Business Cards

Professional Business Cards and Name Badges with official Chapman logos are available to order.  Please complete the attached form.  If your forms are received by August 1st, you should receive your materials by September 15th.

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Mon: 11 am - Noon
Wed: Noon - 1 pm

Evenings
5:30-6:30 pm; 1st Monday and 3rd Tuesday of every month

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Beckman Hall 305
(714) 532-6077

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    Questions about PDP?

    Lauren Klentak

    Lauren Klentak
    Associate Director
    Professional Development Programming
    (714) 628-2733
    klentak@chapman.edu

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