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UNB Faculty of Management

Harvesting new skills in the Professional Development Program

Author: Liz Lemon-Mitchell

Posted on Sep 17, 2008

Category: Student Highlights

The Faculty of Business Administration has just launched the newest of their experiential learning initiatives with the creation of the Professional Development program.

Delivered as a required course in the Faculty's MBA program, the Professional Development program aims to complement the knowledge learned inside the classroom and proves that It's Never Business as Usual in the Faculty of Business Administration.

"We believe knowledge is much more than theory," said Candace Morgan, the program's coordinator.

"The students tell us what they need outside the regular curriculum, and then we provide the opportunity for them to participate in seminar-based practical workshops with subject-matter experts. In keeping with the university's and business administration faculty's vision, we've also opened our door to members of the business community so that our students can network with our business partners. It's a win-win recipe for the students, the university and the province".

Offering seminars ranging from personal financial success and networking to corporate social affairs and building organizational morale, the program will take place in a variety of locations and will include visits to businesses around the city. The program kicked off last week with a seminar at the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival designed to introduce students to the culture and community of Fredericton.

"The Professional Development program serves a number of purposes," said Daniel Coleman, Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration. "Part of it is to deliver important practical content. Equally important are the networking opportunities, interaction with the business community, and other 'soft skill' development that we know are essential for a successful career."