Academics

Passport to Professional Success

The Passport Program Required and Extended Activities (Pdf)

The goal of the Passport to Professional Success Program (the Passport Program, herein) is to enable Business and Accounting students in becoming more professional in the way they interact with their colleagues, employers, and other professionals in their field.  

“Professionalism” is defined by the Cambridge dictionary as “the combination of all the qualities that are connected with trained and skilled people,” or “the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person,” as defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary. These are skills that students seeking professional degrees such as Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Accounting will acquire during their program of study at the School of Business at UNC Pembroke.  

These “work-readiness” skills will assist our graduates in finding and maintaining successful business careers. The Passport Program will also help differentiate our graduates from others entering the market from other schools.

Benefits for Students

·       Learn strategies for success in business
·       Practice and improve business communication skills
·       Gain confidence in different settings outside the classroom
·       Obtain assistance in making career decisions
·       Understand the importance of a professional appearance
·       Strengthen individual interests
·       Impact the local community
·       Inspire and lead others
·       Engage in networking opportunities.

The Passport Program by Steps

 

Step 1 - Awareness:  0 - 60 hours

·       Introduction to the Passport Program
·       School of Business approved seminar, speaker, or presentation

·       Engagement with School of Business faculty

·       Study abroad information session
·       Student internship information session
·       Student Involvement and Leadership Session

 

Step 2 – Fundamentals:   61 – 90 hours

·       Verbal presentation that requires professional attire
·       Business Etiquette Dinner
·       School of Business approved seminar, speaker, or presentation

·       Professional networking event

·       Career Center Resume Workshop

·       Professional & Career Development Institute (PCDI)
·       Extended engagement activity

 

Step 3 - Transition :  91 – 120 hours

·       Career Center Mock Interview
·       Career Expo

·       Verbal presentation that requires professional attire
·       University sponsored formal dinner
·       School of Business approved seminar, speaker, or presentation
·       Professional networking event
·       Professional networking event
·       Senior exit interview