Professional Development Certification Program
The Professional Development Certification Program (PDCP) is a semester long program that is designed to provide student employees (both on and off campus) the skills and tools to become a more effective worker and value their position as more than just a paycheck. The PDCP exposes student employees to workshops and programs that cover three content areas: building connections; leadership skills; and technology. The content areas were derived from the book Toy Box Leadership by Hunter and Waddell and the National Association for Colleges and Employers’ (NACE) nationwide survey results on the top transferable skills employers look for. Each content area includes workshops, programs, and/or events to provide students a variety of formats and a menu of topics to choose from that work with their interests and schedules.
As a result of participation in the certification program, students will be able to
• Identify and utilize various communication and networking skills;
• Increase awareness and application of leadership skills in a workplace setting;
• Understand the pivotal role social media plays into one’s professional identity.
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|Content Area and Requirement||Options|
Participate/attend 3 of the 5 options
• Communicating and Networking
• Marketing Your Experience
• Break with a Boss Lunch Program
• Etiquette Dinner
• Resume Critique
Participate/attend in 3 of the 5 options
• Ethics in the Workplace
• Team Development
• What’s my Leadership Style?
• On the Job Coaching
• Financial Literacy Consultation
Participate in 3 out of 6 options
• Social Media 411
• Effective Communication
• Professionalism 101
• Examining Workplace Culture
• Time Management
• Customer Service
|Reflection: At the culmination of the experience, students must turn in their tracking sheet as well as a written reflection correlating their experience and information learned through the PDCP with their current student employment and any other experiences at the University of South Carolina (both in and outside of the classroom).
• PDCP Reflection Form
• PDCP Tracking Sheet
• LinkedIn Profile
Student Employee Appreciation Luncheon in April 2014