Seidman TRACKS Professional Development Program

As a Seidman student, you will learn to make informed decisions, act ethically, and take initiative through the exchange and application of knowledge with a global perspective. To complement our mission Seidman College of Business offers TRACKS, a professional development program (PDP), designed to provide opportunities to apply what you’re learning; through community collaborations and innovative approaches to learning.

TRACKS identifies University and community based professional development events that will aid your growth in areas such as career, leadership, and professionalism. Events will fall into one of four strategically designated categories so that students can work on various areas to strengthen their soft skills.

TRACK 1: Communication and Professional Skills

TRACK 2: Strategic Career Development

TRACK 3: Leadership, Ethics and Integrity

TRACK 4: Global and Diverse Perspectives

This program is open to all Grand Valley State University students, with Seidman students being eligible for a certificate of completion awarded at Seidman Evening of Honors.

How it Works?

Attend a total of 8 TRACKS events then submit a reflective essay after each event about your learning experience.

Of the 8 events, 3 must be off the Required List. Full details and dates are listed on the events calendar on the bottom of this page. 

Required List: choose 3 events to attend from the different categories

1. GVSU Career Fair 

2. Careers in Major interest 

3. A Peter Secchia Breakfast Lecture 

 4. Career Center Sponsored Event

  • Career Fair Prep Week Events - "Career Carnival"
  • So You Think You Can Network - October 30, 2019
  • Career Development Conference 

May attend more than 1 event under each category in addition to the 3 required.

The remaining 5 events can be selected from the groupings listed below, which encompass all TRACK categories:

  1. Seidman Student Organization Professional Development Event (LakerLink - Student Organization Events)
  2. Additional Career Services Events (GVSU Career Events)
  3. Additional GVSU professional development events (GVSU Events Calendar
  4. TRACK 4 Events: Global and Diverse Perspectives - visit these links for great opportunities!  
    1. Van Andel Global Trade Center    
    2. World Affairs Council of Western Michigan 
    3. Padnos International Center   
    4. Office of Multicultural Affairs

2019-2020 Events

TRACKS Events

Doing Business in Mexico & Canada

September 25, 2019 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Mexico and Canada account for 62% of all Michigan exports. Our North American neighbors and Michigan’s largest trade partners, recorded a grand total of USD $37.4 billion of trade in 2017. Due...

Careers in Marketing

October 1, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Careers in Marketing is an opportunity to find out more about marketing as a career. Students will meet alumni and professionals in the field. Employers will discuss the necessary skills and experiences...

Careers in Finance

October 3, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Every Fall semester a night  is set aside to find out more about Finance as a major. Meet alumni and professionals in the field. Meet your Finance Faculty Advisors. Learn about the different career...

Career Fair Carnival - Allendale Campus

October 7, 2019 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Be the ringleader of your future! Are you preparing for the upcoming Career Fair but not quite sure where to start? Come one, come all to the Career Carnival to have all your questions answered...

Career Carnival - Pew Campus

October 10, 2019 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Be the ringleader of your future! Are you preparing for the upcoming Career Fair but not quite sure where to start? Come one, come all to the Career Carnival to have all your questions answered...

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3 Learning Outcomes and a Reflective Document!

Learning Experiences are the ways new knowledge will be disseminated. There are 3 specific pathways used in this program.

This model has been adapted from  Rethinking the MBA: Business Education at the Crossroads (Datar, S., et al., 2010). This leadership framework was developed by the US Army (p. 103), and has been modified to meet the needs of our students and the vision of the program.

KNOW: what new knowledge did you gain at this event?

DO: how will you continue to learn and plan to apply the information presented?

BE: in what ways has the new information influenced your personal and professional development?

TRACK 1: Communication and Professional Skills  TRACK 2: Strategic Career Development  TRACK 3: Leadership, Ethics and Integrity  TRACK 4: Global and Diverse Perspectives

Reflective Document

Each event has been selected to serve as a catalyst for practicing lifelong learning.

The TRACKS -KNOW DO BE approach helps students identify the new learning and explore practical ways of implementing this new knowledge, which culminates in becoming embedded into your brand.

Once you have attended the TRACKS event, write a short reflective essay (3 paragraphs) answering the questions below:

 

Click here for the Reflective Essay