PDA Special Topics and Programs
In addition to the regularly scheduled PDA workshops and speakers that are listed in the Approved PDA Opportunities (Speakers/Workshop) tab, students also have the opportunity to engage independently in the following Special Topics and Programs PDAs. These PDA opportunities will require submitting a separate form to earn credit, will often count for more than one PDA credit, and may require an external application or registration process.
1. PDA Title: External PDA
Description: The primary goal of the Building Your Business Portfolio program is to better prepare students for their transition into their professional careers. We recognize there are numerous of opportunities both on and off campus that can help facilitate this goal. Not all of these will be pre-identified by the Wall Center as an approved PDA. Therefore, the Wall Center has provided an avenue in which students may request that alternative activities or events be included as a PDA.
- Complete the External PDA request form, which can be found by clicking here. In this request you must describe the relevance of the activity and/or event with specific emphasis on how it will positively contribute to your personal or career goals.
- If your request is approved you must complete the External PDA Credit Approval form after completion of the activity in order to earn PDA credit. This form can be found by clicking here.
The Following PDAs are intended to assist students with Exploring Major and Career Options in Business
2. PDA Title: Connecting with a Faculty Mentor
Description: All business majors will be assigned a Faculty Mentor within their major by the end of their sophomore year, but, in many cases, sooner. Your mentor will be an excellent resource for you, both while at CCU and after you graduate. Since our distinguished faculty are both academically and professionally qualified, they will be able to provide firsthand advice on major specific courses and selective options, specialized career guidance, and internship and employment support. They will also contribute to the development of your professional network.
- Schedule a meeting with a Faculty Mentor.
- You can find your assigned mentor on Webadvisor by clicking on the “E-mail my Advisor’s” tab under the communication heading. The individual labeled as “mentor” is your assigned Faculty Mentor while the individual labeled as advisor is your academic advisor.
- If you have not yet been assigned a mentor you can contact any of the faculty in your major area. For a list of faculty and their contact information click on the appropriate department tab on the following link: https://www.coastal.edu/business/departments/index.html. Before choosing a faculty member to contact make sure to review his/her background information as outlined on his/her VITA to determine which faculty member best fits with your personal and career interests.
- Once you meet with a Faculty mentor you can request to earn PDA credit by completing the External PDA Credit Approval form, which can be found by clicking here. Make sure to include in the “overview of session” section what was discussed and learned during your meeting.
- You can request PDA credit for meeting with your faculty mentor once a semester for a maximum of 8 PDA credits.
- Group mentoring sessions are also scheduled periodically throughout the semester. For the schedule of these PDAs visit the following link and scroll down to the PDA title, “Faculty Mentoring Sessions.” https://www.coastal.edu/business/professionaldevelopmentactivitiespdas/workshops.html
3. PDA Title: Connecting with a Professional Mentor Through Project Xpresso
Description: Project Xpresso is an online service that matches industry professionals with college students in an effort to provide career mentorship.
- Visit the Project Xpresso website at: http://www.projectxpresso.com/
- Click on “I’m a Student” and sign-up
- Initiate contact with your assigned mentor. Make sure to represent yourself in a professional manner when communicating with your mentor. For e-mail, Skype, and phone etiquette tips consult the following resources:
- E-mail Etiquette:
- Skype or other Web chat platform Etiquette:
- Phone Etiquette:
- Once you have made at least one contact with your mentor AND your mentor has made at least one contact with you request to earn PDA credit by completing the External PDA Credit Approval form, which can be found by clicking here.
- Although you are only required to make one contact with your assigned mentor in order to receive PDA credit I highly recommend that you continue connecting with your mentor on a regular basis and consider connecting with additional professionals through the site and other networking platforms such as LinkedIn, Twitter, professional associations, and on and off campus networking events. The more that you communicate with these professionals the stronger your network will become, which will not only help you land that first job but will help you with your personal and professional development throughout your entire career.
- Additional information on the topic of Professional Networking can also be found in the “Online Presentations on Current Business Topics” PDAs and the “Speakers/Workshops” PDAs.
- E-mail Etiquette:
4. PDA Title: Job Shadowing
Description: This is an opportunity to spend time in a real-life work setting to observe a professional in your career field of interest. Job shadowing allows students to gain exposure to a career to determine if it would be a good fit for them. To schedule a job shadowing opportunity contact the University Career Services office directly at (843) 349-2341 or email@example.com or stop by the office, which is located in the Indigo house.
- After participating in your job shadow experience you can request to earn PDA credit by completing the External PDA Credit Approval form, which can be found by clicking here. Include in your “overview of the session” section of the form the company you shadowed, what you learned, and how the experience will contribute to your future career and/or major goals.
- Each job shadow experience will count for 2 PDA credits, for a maximum of 8 PDAs.
5. PDA Title: Utilizing the Business Card
Description: In this PDA, you will learn about the various major and career options in business by connecting and networking with current professionals.
- Independently attend a civic or professional organization meeting (Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis, Rotary, industry meeting, such as a Strategic Human Resources Management, Board of Realtors, Marketing meeting, American Culinary Federation, etc.) and exchange business cards with business professionals from at least three organizations. The organizations can be profit or nonprofit.
- Choose one of the organizations to schedule a follow-up meeting with. This follow-up activity can take various forms, but the purpose is to connect with the person or organization outside of the initial meeting place. An informational interview with someone at the organization (not necessarily the initial contact), a tour of the facilities and other correspondence can meet this requirement.
- This PDA is worth 2 PDA credits.
Note: Before starting the PDA, make sure to print the Utilizing the Business Card PDA Credit Approval form. To earn PDA credit, you must submit this completed form along with copies of three business cards to Cara Scheuer in Wall 233B.
*Multiple business cards are required for this activity. Free personal business cards are available through the Student Affairs office, which is located in the Singleton Building 104. To learn about creating your own personal business card, consider attending the Business Card: World’s Smallest Resume PDA workshop. For a list of dates/times for this PDA visit: http://www.coastal.edu/business/professionaldevelopmentactivitiespdas/workshops.html
6. PDA Title: Research and Reflection on Business Networking Opportunities
Requirements: Select one of the businesses from your Utilizing the Business Card PDA or another company of your choice and complete a 3 page paper, which investigates the company and your personal experience meeting with people in the organization, touring the facilities, etc.). The paper shall be in an APA style (see the Kimble Library website) and include all applicable references and citations.
The paper should have the following sections:
- REVIEW OF THE ORGANZATION
- YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THE ORGANIZATION
Provide a brief overview of what you will be discussing in your paper.
REVIEW OF THE ORGANZATION
Using the company website and other sources provide a brief over of the company (i.e. its history, structure, mission/vision, products/services, marketing strategies, and financial performance)
YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THE ORGANIZATION
Describe your interaction with the company from your initial meeting where you exchanged business cards to the final meeting with the organization and what you learned from the experience.
In the conclusion, reflect on this assignment and how the assignment relates to your choice of employment or career. Discuss how you feel this has helped or hindered you in your career.
*Students can earn two (2) PDA credits for completing the paper as long as it meets the listed criteria. Finished papers should be submitted Cara Scheuer (firstname.lastname@example.org) for review.
The Following PDAs are intended to assist students with Exploring Experiential Opportunities in Business
7. PDA Title: Women's Leadership Conference
Description: The WIPL Women’s Leadership Conference, created and sponsored by Women in Philanthropy and Leadership for Coastal Carolina University, seeks to empower women as agents of change on campus in the community, in the state, throughout the nation and around the world. By inspiring and leading women to be the architects of their own destiny, they can be taught to build bridges and structures which will sustain the collective power and vision across generations and throughout nations.
- Students must register for the conference by visiting the following link: wiplconference.com/.
- Students can earn two (2) PDA credits for attending the conference. To earn PDA credits, you must complete the External PDA Credit Approval form, which can be found by clicking here.
8. PDA Title: Serving in a Leadership Capacity
Description: Obtaining a leadership position or participating in a leadership program is an excellent way to gain “real” world experiences that you can use as “talking points” in employment interviews. Serving in a leadership capacity will also allow you to develop important skills that will better prepare you for your future career in business.
Examples of leadership positions include, but are not limited to:
- Student Government Association (SGA) (https://coastal.collegiatelink.net/organization/studentgovernmentassociation)
- Officer for an on or off campus club or organization (https://www.coastal.edu/osal/studentorgs.html)
- Orientation Leaders (https://www.coastal.edu/nsfp/orientation/orientationleaders/)
- Resident Assistants (http://www.coastal.edu/housing/communities/residentassistants/)
- · Student Alumni Ambassadors (http://support.coastal.edu/page.aspx?pid=330.
Examples of leadership programs include, but are not limited to:
- Step Up (http://www.coastal.edu/students/stepup/index.html)
- Each 1 Teach 1 (coastal.edu/business/entrepreneur/index.html),
- Wall Fellows program (https://www.coastal.edu/business/wallfellows/index.html),
- Jackson Scholars (http://www.coastal.edu/jacksoncenter/jacksonscholars/),
- Leadership Challenge (http://www.coastal.edu/multicultural/programs.html,
- CINO Quest (http://www.coastal.edu/osal/leadership/leadershipopportunities/cinoquest.html)
- CINO Ignite (http://www.coastal.edu/osal/leadership/leadershipopportunities/ignite.html)
- CINO Legacy (http://www.coastal.edu/osal/leadership/leadershipopportunities/legacy.html)
- Charting Your Course Leadership Conference (http://www.coastal.edu/osal/leadership/index.html)
- Continuing Your Journey Leadership Seminar (http://www.coastal.edu/osal/leadership/index.html)
- Alternative Break Programs (http://www.coastal.edu/osal/leadership/index.html)
- · Emerging Leaders Seminar (http://www.coastal.edu/osal/leadership/index.html)
- To receive PDA credit you must actively serve in a leadership position and/or or program for a minimum of one semester or for the entire duration of the program if the program lasts shorter than a semester and have made a significant contribution to the people and/or organization that you represented while serving as their leader.
- After serving in the leadership capacity for a minimum of 1 semester or having completed the leadership program you can request to earn PDA credit by completing the External PDA Credit Approval form, which can be found by clicking here.
- If you remain in your leadership role for more than one semester or participate in the leadership program in more than one semester, you may request for additional PDA credits after each subsequent semester.
- If you have multiple leadership positions or participate in multiple programs you can make a separate request for PDA credit for each of these positions.
- ·You can earn 2 PDA credits per request, for a maximum of 8 PDAs.
9. PDA Title: Studying Abroad
Description: Studying abroad is an exciting opportunity for Coastal students to round out their education, and experience other cultures and countries first-hand. Studying abroad is also a rewarding experience that lets students achieve proficiency in a foreign language; study subjects from different cultural perspectives; experience adventure and personal growth; and develop valuable career skills.
- To receive PDA credit you must have participated in either a short-term or long-term study abroad program. For a list of possible programs and for more information the following two websites:
- After returning from your study abroad experience you can request to earn PDA credit by completing the External PDA Credit Approval form, which can be found by clicking here.
- If you participate in a study abroad program lasting more than one semester, you may request for additional PDA credits after each subsequent semester.
- If you participate in multiple study abroad programs, you can make a separate request for PDA credit for each of these programs.
- · Each study abroad program will count for two (2) PDA credits, for a maximum of eight (8) PDAs.
10. PDA Title: Participating in a Professional Internship
Description: Internship experiences provide a challenging opportunity for students to develop work-related skills, such as problem-solving, goal-setting, time management, effective communication, and organizational skills. Internships also provide students with practical experience within their chosen field, which improves post-graduate employment prospects dramatically. The Resort Tourism Management and Professional Golf Management (PGM) programs require multiple internships, which leads to exceptionally high levels of career-oriented employment for graduates of these programs. However, all students are encouraged to participate in one or more internships during their enrollment at Coastal Carolina University, regardless of their field of study.
- Students that officially enroll in an internship course through the College of Business (CBAD 297, CBAD 497, ACCT 497, MGMT 497, FIN 497, MKTG 497, PGMP 180, PGMP, 280, PGMP 380, PGMP 480, RTMA 180, RTMA 280, RTMA 480, ECON 497) will automatically receive 2 PDA credits as long as they successful complete the course. However, the posting of the PDA credits to the Program Evaluation will be on a one semester lag. For example, if a student successfully completes an internship in fall 2014, the PDA credits will not appear on the Program Evaluation until the end of spring 2015.
- If the PDA credits are not appearing on the Program Evaluation by the expected posting date or if the student’s graduation date will fall before the PDA credits are expected to be posted students can submit an appeal to request that the credits be posted to their Program Evaluations sooner by completing the following form: https://www.coastal.edu/business/professionaldevelopmentactivitiespdas/pdaforms/creditappeal.php
- Students that complete an internship that was not administered through the College of Business can still request to earn PDA credit by completing the External PDA Credit Approval form, which can be found by clicking here.
- Internships that are administered through the College of Business will count for two (2) PDA credits, while internships that are not administered through the College of Business will count for one (1) PDA credit. Students can earn a maximum of eight (8) PDA credits through participation in internships.
11. PDA Title: Participating in a Service Project
Description: Volunteering creates positive and proactive results in the community, nation and world. Yet beyond the mere “feel good” nature of volunteering lies personal, physical and professional benefits as well. It tells prospective employers that you are a team player, that you care about the community and that you can take initiative and solve problems. According to UnitedHealthCare’s “Do Good Live Well” study volunteering Raises Morale, Boosts Health, Provides Skill Development, Increases Career Options and Employee Loyalty (73% of employers would recruit a candidate with volunteering experience over one without, 94% of employers believe that volunteering can add to skills, 94% of employees who volunteered to learn new skills had benefited either by getting their first job, improving their salary, or being promoted, and 66% of employees reported a greater commitment to the company as a result of their experience volunteering
- Volunteer for an organization for a minimum of one semester. For assistance linking of with an organization visit: http://www.coastal.edu/volunteer/
- After volunteering for the semester and having made a significant contribution to the organization and/or community you can request to earn PDA credit by completing the External PDA Credit Approval form, which can be found by clicking here. Make sure to include a reflection on your experience and its impact on the community and its relationship to your future goals in the “Overview of Session” section.
- If you volunteer for more than one semester, you may request for additional PDA credits after each subsequent semester.
- If you volunteer for multiple organizations, you can make a separate request for each of these organizations.
- You can earn 2 PDA credits per request, for a maximum of 8 PDAs.
12. PDA Title: Delivering a Professional Presentation
Description: Today, it’s not just what you know that counts but how you present your knowledge to the world. Delivering accomplished presentations is a vital skill whether you’re a student just starting out or the head of a large organization. Even if you don’t normally give presentations as part of your day-job, one day you may need to deliver a presentation as part of a job interview or you’ll need to address a hobby group or a community organization so it pays to prepare and develop those skills now. And best way to develop those skills is to give actual presentations.
- Develop a presentation and present it in a public forum. This could include, but is not limited to the following:
- Presenting during Wall College Connections (http://www.coastal.edu/business/connections/)
- Presenting during the Celebration of Inquiry (http://www.coastal.edu/inquiry)
- Presenting during the Undergraduate Research Competition (http://www.coastal.edu/inquiry)
- Participating in a Business Plan Competition (contact Dr. Salvino for details regarding the annual “Pitch” competition held each spring email@example.com).
- Participate in “Toastmasters” (http://www.grandstrandtoastmasters.com/)
- Presenting at a local, national or international conference
- Presenting at a professional association meeting
- After making your presentation you can request to earn PDA credit by completing the External PDA Credit Approval form, which can be found by clicking here. Include in your “overview of the session” section of the form an evaluation of how you thought the presentation went and what you would do differently when presenting in the future.You will also need to e-mail your presentation documents to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Following PDAs are intended to assist students with Building a Professional Profile
13. PDA Title: Creating a Professional Resume
Description: A resume is used to market yourself to prospective employers, as well as for applications for internships, grad school, scholarships, etc. It is a highlight of your relevant skills, education, and experience. It is important to spend ample time preparing your resume to effectively sell your skills to potential employers and other selection committees.
- Most undergraduate resumes are one page. It should be visually appealing and easy to follow with 10-12 size font in styles that are easy to read. When printing your resume use neutral professional style resume paper.
- Typical sections include Objective, Education, Honors & Awards, Work Experience, Leadership & Activities, Research Experience, and Skills.
- Your resume should be focused towards your intended goal, highlighting relevant skills and experience. The top skills that employers seek are communication and interpersonal skills, initiative and creativity, and leadership.
- Use job descriptions to emphasize your transferable skills and accomplishments. Job descriptions should be written in bulleted format starting with action-orientated verbs.
- Create a professional resume and upload it to the Resume Builder system.
- You can create a resume by using one of the templates available on Resume Builder or you can create a resume without a template using other software such as Microsoft Word or Illustrator/In Design/Photoshop if you are looking to entering a more visual or creative field.
- Once your resume has been added to Resume Builder you can request to earn PDA credit by completing the External PDA Credit Approval form, which can be found by clicking here.
- As long as your resume is appearing in the Resume Builder system, has all the necessary content, and is professional looking, you will earn PDA credit.
- The Resume PDA is worth 1 PDA credit.
- For assistance with your resume please consult the following resources:
- Watch the resume writing video tutorials on the following website: http://www.colum.edu/portfoliocenter/articles/resume-tutorials.php
- Read through the Resume Guide here.
- Attend the Career Launch I: Building a Resume PDA. For the dates/times of this PDA click here.
- Schedule an individual appointment to obtain resume assistance with Career Services (www.coastal.edu/career)
- Schedule an individual appointment with Ellen Ryan ONLY if you have a resume already created, but need help refining and “polishing” it.
14. PDA Title: Creating a LinkedIn profile
Description: Current studies show that 93 percent of employers today are using LinkedIn as a method for recruiting potential candidates. As Wayne Gretzky once said, “you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take,” you will miss out on 100 percent of the jobs that you don’t make yourself a candidate for by lacking a presence on online platforms such as LinkedIn. So, why not start building that online presence now by creating a LinkedIn account and profile? This PDA is designed to accomplish just that.
Independently develop a professional LinkedIn profile by visiting the LinkedIn website at: www.linkedin.com
Once on the site follow the instructions on how to create an account. At a minimum you will need to:
- Upload a professional picture
- Create A COMPELLING and EASY TO READ Summary that showcases your value
- Add your educational background, including your CCU major(s), minor, and relevant coursework (if applicable)
- Add your work experience, leadership positions held, skills, and projects (if applicable)
- Join the official Wall College of Business (CCU) Network at: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Wall-College-Business-CCU-Network-5079797?trk=my_groups-b-grp-v
- Connecting to professional groups such as these will help you expand your network, strengthen your online reputation, and increase your chances of getting noticed by potential employers.
- Once you have completed your LinkedIn profile and joined the WCOB Network request to earn PDA credit by completing the External PDA Credit Approval form, which can be found by clicking here.
Below are resources that will assist you as you create and populate your LinkedIn account:
- 10 Tips To A More Professional LinkedIn Profile
- Secrets to a Great Profile, including tips on creating a powerful Headline and Summary
- How to Take and Choose a Professional Photo for LinkedIn
- 8 Profile Picture Rules Every Professional Should Follow
- Using LinkedIn as a Networking Tool PDA (see Approved PDA Opportunities (Speakers/Workshops link for schedule)
- Executive in Residence Speaker Series-Building your Online Reputation (see Approved PDA Opportunities (Speakers/Workshops link for schedule)
- Unleashing Your Resume PDA (see Approved PDA Opportunities (Speakers/Workshops link for schedule)
15. PDA Title: Building Your Online Portfolio
Description: Online portfolios are a fantastic way for college students to showcase their skills, work experience, projects, and potential for future employers. Online portfolios are also a great way to display your knowledge and interests to your friends and family. If employers are going to see your portfolio, you will want to make sure yours stands out above the rest. Portfolios can help you make a great first impression, shows you are serious about the job, and demonstrates that you are able to do technical, quality work.
- Create an online portfolio by following the steps outlined here.
- Once you are finished with your portfolio you can request to earn PDA credit by completing the External PDA Credit Approval form, which can be found by clicking here.
- Include your website URL in the “Overview of Session” section on the form.
- The Online Portfolio is worth two (2) PDA credits.
The Following PDAs are intended to assist students with Transitioning from Student to Professional
16. PDA Title: Mock Interviews
Description: A mock interview gives students firsthand experience with the interview process by allowing them to engage in a real-life interview with a trained professional. Following the session, students will receive constructive feedback from the interviewer. Students will also have the option to have their interview taped.
- If you are interested in scheduling a mock interview, contact the University Career Services office directly at (843) 349-2341 or email@example.com or stop by the office, which is located in the Indigo house.
- Once you have completed the Mock Interview you can request to earn PDA credit by completing the External PDA Credit Approval form, which can be found by clicking here.
*This PDA is intended for students who are currently in the internship or job application process. If you are interested in a more general interview skills workshop you should attend the Career Launch II: The Successful Interview PDAs. For the dates/times of this PDA visit: https://www.coastal.edu/business/professionaldevelopmentactivitiespdas/workshops.html
17. Career or Internship Fair
Description: Career fairs are useful for students seeking a full-time, part-time, or internship positions. They also provide an outlet for students to network with professionals for future career opportunities and to explore career opportunities in career fields or companies of interest.
- Attend a career or job fair. Coastal Carolina University hosts several on-campus job and/or internship fairs throughout the year. Information regarding these opportunities can be found at www.coastal.edu/career. In addition, there are also career fairs regularly scheduled in Myrtle Beach or even in your home town. A simple Googlesearch can get you started on finding the dates/locations for these off-campus career fairs.
- To request to earn PDA credit complete the External PDA Credit Approval form, which can be found by clicking here. Include in the “Overview of Session” section on the form what career/internship fair you attended, which employers and/or graduate schools you met with and why, and what you learned from the experience.