Professional Enhancement Program (PrEP)

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Professional Enhancement Program (PrEP)

Overview of PrEP

Career Services at CBA created the Professional Enhancement Program (PrEP) to develop professional, polished and confident individuals for lifelong career success. PrEP’s unique and innovative four-year curriculum prepares business students not only to successfully find an internship or full-time job, but succeed in their career and personal life after college. All students who enter the College of Business Administration are required to take and pass the four PrEP courses.

BSAD 111: PrEP I Investing in Strengths

BSAD 111 is designed to educate and motivate students to discover, develop and apply their strengths to create and implement an individualized success plan to contribute to their personal and professional development. This individualized strengths success plan will work to boost students’ self-awareness and encourage personal well-being, engagement, academic success, and major and career confidence to establish a network on campus to help them build "Great Jobs and Great Lives."

  • Lecture - Students will be exposed to strengths-based development to help them understand how to develop and apply their strengths to maximize their college experience and enhance their personal well-being and engagement in college and in their career.
  • Team Meetings - Students will meet weekly with their strengths team of 10 students, which is facilitated by their Strengths Coach, to develop productive relationships with their peers and create strategies around their individual strengths to be a successful, efficient Strengths-based team to complete a 5 week project.
  • One-on-One Coaching - Students will experience two individualized coaching sessions with a Strengths Coach who will invest in the growth and development of the student to help them successfully transition to university life and future career choices.
  • Prerequisites: Freshman standing; a major in the College of Business Administration.
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BSAD 222: PrEP II Career Development and Planning

BSAD 222 focuses on career development for sophomore business students. In this course, students learn more about their interests, skills, and values. They identify career goals, develop professional networks, and conduct an informational interview with a professional in a career field of interest that will help them make informed academic and career decisions. Students prepare for internships by creating a career action plan and developing a résumé and reference page for internship opportunities.

  • Prerequisites: A major in the College of Business Administration; sophomore standing; 2.5 GPA
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BSAD 333: PrEP III Internship and Job Search Strategies

BSAD 333 helps sophomore and junior CBA students effectively search for, apply to, interview for, and secure internships and full-time jobs. The course discusses how to tailor a résumé and cover letter for specific positions, market transferable skills and strengths in interviews, navigate the internship and job search process, make a professional impression at a career fair, and maintain a professional social media presence. Students also participate in an in-person practice interview and résumé review with an employer.

  • Prerequisites: A major in the College of Business Administration; 2.5 GPA; BSAD 222

BSAD 444: PrEP IV Professional and Life Skills

BSAD 444 focuses on professional and life skills in order to help senior CBA students successfully transition from school to work. Students learn about professionalism, etiquette, negotiation, employment benefits, money management and retirement savings, emotional intelligence, and office culture. The course also teaches important business skills including how to deliver an effective presentation, run a meeting, and manage workplace conflict. Business professionals facilitate discussions, exposing students to real-world business situations from subject experts.

  • Prerequisites: A major in the College of Business Administration; 2.5 GPA; BSAD 333 or by permission
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Larson, Rachel
Director of Career Services
CBA 138
P.O. Box 880405
Lincoln, NE 68588-0405
Mailing Address
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Department of Dean's Office
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Lincoln, NE 68588-0405
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University of Nebraska–Lincoln
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Lincoln, NE 68588-0405