Professional Development Certification Program

Click here to register for the Fall 2014 program!

Workshops will begin in September 2014! Check back for the full schedule.

Program Overview:
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.

Content Area Options Requirement
Building Connections Workshops:
Networking & Communication | Registration
Tues., April 1, 5:30-6:30 p.m., RHUU 348
Marketing Your Experience | Registration
Thurs., March 6, 4-5 p.m. RHUU 348
Student Leadership & Diversity Conference
Register Here
Saturday, Feb. 1, Russell House, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Break with a Boss Lunch Program
Etiquette Dinner | Registration
Thurs., Feb. 27, 5:30-7 p.m., Ballroom
Resume Critique
Participate/attend (3) of the (5) options
Leadership Skills Workshops:
Ethics in the Workplace | Registration
Wed., Feb. 19 from 4-5 p.m., RHUU 348
What’s my Leadership Style? | Registration
Mon., March 31 from 4:30-5:30 p.m., RHUU 309
On the Job Coaching
Financial Literacy Consultation

Participate/attend in (2) of the (4) options

Technology Workshops:
Social Media 411 | Registration
Friday, March 21 from 3-4 p.m. RHUU 348
Flash sessions:
Examining Workplace Culture | Registration
Monday, Feb. 3 from 2:30-3:00 p.m.
Time Management | Registration
Tuesday, Feb. 25 from 4-4:30 p.m.
Professionalism 101 | Registration
Friday, March 28 from 1:30-2:00 p.m.
Communication | Registration
Thursday, April 3 from 10:30-11:00 a.m.
LinkedIn Profile
Participate in (2) out of (5) options

Additional Requirements:

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

Student Employee Appreciation Luncheon in April 2014.