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Mid-Way Student Comments


We’re half way through our 2016/2017 Career Coaching Program, and some of our students have already attested to a career-altering experience with their mentor. Here are some of their comments:

We talked about career choices, interview, and many topics of marketing. The conversation was wonderful, and I wrote down a lot. [My career coach] tells me what it is like in the real world through his perspective. I am so glad he is my career coach!” – E.D.

I had just recently completed my resume for some internships and felt it was perfect until my mentor and I went over it. I was able to revise it with better action verbs when describing myself and past experiences.” – S.W.

I LOVE informational interviews. I feel so much more comfortable going to them and shining. I have made so many contacts, and these meetings are quite important to my growth.” – B.A.

One thing [my career coach] said that I think will be beneficial is not to get stuck in a job once you start receiving a decent paycheck – still keep working for the job I want.” – J.H.

Everything is going very well. I get along really well with my coach, and I look forward to our meetings because I know that I will learn something new every time.” – M.P.

I learned that I can integrate two jobs within the same company into one entry on my resume. I also learned that I can tailor my resume for the career path that I want.” – C.W.

Loving this program. It is a bit of time crunch trying to fit it in between working full-time and doing school full-time, but I love that I have been paired with [my career coach] as she gives me full view of what to expect in the ‘real world’ as I move towards a career in HR.” – G.W.

[My mentor] is great because he knows how the industry works, so he gives me helpful suggestions and allows me to receive his personal opinions on certain aspects. I wouldn’t want to be paired with anyone else because he is what I strive for in the industry when I get there. His advice is something I will always take with me and I value it tremendously!” – A.R.

I found out how many different ways one can go in accounting, I thought it was mainly just audit and tax. I learned more about what the differences are in large and small firms and what firm would best fit me.” -Z.Z.

[My career coach] has stressed to me the importance of balancing your personal life with that of your professional.” – T.C.

I learned that it’s okay to not have everything all planned and figured out yet because it will come with time and experience.” – A.R.

[My career coach and I] really connected, and he provided me with a lot of ideas for how to better myself and what steps to take.” – K.R.

There may be opportunities to do different jobs over the course of my lifetime. Deciding on what I want to do after graduation doesn’t necessarily mean I am stuck there for the rest of my life. Also, it can be better to do something you find value in than just choosing a job that pays the best.” – J.H.

We talked a lot about balancing life and work, and the importance of remembering facts about someone to establish a relationship with them. I plan on applying this to my life by prioritizing between work, school, and life.” – L.R.

[My career coach] really helped me map out how I can obtain my goals through the use of a timeline and how not all of the goals have to be something professional.” – H.M.

I learned more about the importance of being flexible and how to build an expansive network that can help me pivot if my initial career plans do not work out. I plan on applying these lessons to my career.” J.H.

We talked about how it may be difficult working with small businesses that have unrealistic goals and finding a balance with emotions and expectations but how rewarding it is to share a dream and a vision and working with a business to accomplish that.” – L.C.

We are so glad to get to offer this program to UCCS College of Business students and look forward to the second half of the program in spring 2017!

Happy New Year!


Individual Portraits – 2016/2017 Class

We are thrilled to welcome these beautiful faces into our 2016/2017 Career Coaching Program! 29 Student and mentor pairs will start meeting one-on-one this month and will continue through April 2017. We are so excited to see growth in everyone as we all seek to become better professionals. Here’s to the start of what is going to be a great program!

1st Year of New BBB Fellowship

(from left to right: Shawna Rogers, Dean Venkat Reddy, Tatiana Loa, Samantha Wood, Rashell McCann, Melinda Hagemann)

We are excited to announce a new partnership with the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado! Our students have an exclusive opportunity to apply for a year-long fellowship the year following their completion of the Career Coaching Program.

The fellowship, which awards the winning student with a $2,500 stipend, is a way for students to further develop their network and hone their soft skills in a real professional environment. In addition to being enrolled as a full-time students (undergraduate or graduate) during the time of the fellowship, the student is asked to participate in a series of BBB and UCCS College of Business events as well as prepare and present a BBB educational training for current students.

The 2016/2017 fellow was recently announced…Tatiana Loa! Tatiana is currently a senior studying International Business and Finance and completed the Career Coaching Program last year. She’s a proud first-generation student and is excited to make an impact in the professional world once she graduates in May 2017.

Just last week, Tatiana was recognized among hundreds of business leaders at the BBB’s annual ‘Night of Excellence’ Awards Gala – complete with a big $2,500 check! This fancy affair marked the beginning of her fellowship and is just a hint of what’s to come working with the BBB, an incredibly valuable asset to our local community.

We just accepted 29 new students into the 2016/2017 Career Coaching Program and are excited to see how applies for the fellowship next year!

But until then, we are excited for Tatiana and are sure that she will pave the way as our inaugural BBB fellow.

CCP Student as Luncheon Speaker

We were proud to have graduating senior and Career Coaching Program student participant, Mark Thurber, speak on behalf of the program during the 7th annual Lifetime Entrepreneurship Award Luncheon on Friday, May 8. Mark, who received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Human Resource Management last week, spoke to a crowd of nearly 450 business owners and community leaders about the importance of mentorship and giving back to your community and local university. His career coach, Heather Harvey, was also in attendance. Mark also shared the great news that he had recently accepted a new professional job, which he claims he would not have known about except through the program. These are exactly the kind of results we hope for!

Mark played a role in an overall program that featured the accomplishments and career achievements of local entrepreneurs and philanthropists, Jon and Becky Medved. The luncheon is a fundraiser for the UCCS College of Business alumni programs to include its Career Coaching Program, which alone will receive $5,000 from the event proceeds.

Student Volunteer Project – Manitou Incline

On Saturday, December 13, 2014, students in the Career Coaching Program joined forces with the non-profit, Incline Friends, to help fund raise for the upkeep of the Manitou Spring Incline. They sold ornaments at the bottom of this one-mile hike, and hikers could place them on a Christmas tree at the top. It was a beautiful day, and a few of the students even hiked the incline themselves (which is no small feat!). The afternoon ended with lunch at PJ’s Bistro, a local restaurant that specializes in Eastern European fare. We were excited to get out into the community and to help keep our beautiful open spaces accessible and safe for generations to come.

Individual Portraits – 2014/2015 Class

We just launched our new Career Coaching Program for the 2014/2015 year! 17 Awesome pairs of students and Career Coaches have just embarked on a learning journey together, and we are excited to see the outcomes. During our orientation breakfast last week, we had professional photographer Shannon Coker take each student’s portraits. Don’t they look great?! Welcome, class of 2014/2015!

Individual Portraits – Spring 2014 Class

These guys clean up nicely! We were pleased to bring in Shannon Coker of Shannon Coker Photography to snap these very professional portraits the students can use for their social media profiles. Didn’t they turn out great!? Now that they act the part, they can look it, too.