About PRP

UNIBusiness delivers an engaging education in a vibrant, supportive environment to students from Iowa and around the world. Our students graduate with a distinct advantage. They offer the unique blend of qualities every employer seeks:

  • Cutting-edge business knowledge to confront the complexities of the global economy effectively and ethically,
  • exceptional professional skills to contribute immediately and confidently,
  • and strong work values to meet the highest organizational expectations.

The Professional Readiness Program (PRP) is one element of the college’s commitment to developing students’ professional skills. All students participate in career and professional development training through two levels of workshops, Business 1000 and 2000. Students who choose to continue beyond the required levels of the program have access to two additional levels of professional training, Business 3000 and 4000.

Level 1 of the Professional Readiness Program is the Business 1000: Introductory Seminar for Business Professionals course. Students at this level are new UNIBusiness students and go through a series of seminars that focus on orienting them to UNIBusiness career development and workshops introducing them to professional skill development.

Students have the opportunity to hear from department heads and faculty from each academic department, as well as young alumni from each major, to help guide them in their major decision. Students hear from executives to open their eyes to the realities of the business world. Students also take the Gallup StrengthsFinder assessment to explore their talents and develop their self-awareness.
At Level 1 workshops focus on beginning the professional skill development process. Students receive training in leadership, business ethics, professional email and phone communication, teamwork, and time management. Skill development workshops are led by professional trainers.
Students in Level 1 put their training to practice by attending the UNI Career Fair - dressed in business casual - and taking part in a phone and email mentoring activity with a volunteer businessperson.
Professionals facilitate each session and upper-level business students act as peer mentors. These facilitators and peer mentors act as role models and sources of knowledge for students enrolled in the program.

Level 2 of the Professional Readiness Program is the Business 2000: Business Professional in Training course. Students at this level have already completed Business 1000, and are ready to delve deeper into their professional development. Workshops focus completely on professional skill and career development.

Career development continues in Level 2 with sessions on resume writing, crafting a one minute pitch, and behavioral interviewing. Students further their understanding of their Strengths as assessed by the Gallup StrengthsFinder by reflecting on the impact of their strengths in their career.
Skill development workshops in Level 2 focus on business writing, communicating with confidence, conflict negotiation, leadership, understanding generational differences in the workplace, conversation and listening skills, and creativity and improvisation in business. Workshops are led by professional trainers who are experts in their topic areas.
Students in Level 2 put their training to practice by attending the UNI Career Fair - dressed in business attire, write a resume and cover letter, record a one-minute pitch, conduct a mock interview, and participate in a mentoring session with area business professionals.
Professionals facilitate each session and upper-level business students act as peer mentors. These facilitators and peer mentors act as role models and sources of knowledge for students enrolled in the program.

Level 3 of the Professional Readiness Program is the Business 3000: Intermediate Professional Skills course. This is the first of two optional courses UNIBusiness students have the choice of participating in. Level 3 builds on the skill development of Levels 1 and 2, but allows more time for application of skills learned. Students receive a blend of instruction and guided practice. Skills covered in Level 3 focus on students' individual professional development. Topics covered include personal accountability and self-direction, career vision/planning, relationship building and teamwork. In addition to skill development workshops, students participate in a roundtable discussion with a C-level executive to further put to practice their skill development.
Level 4 of the Professional Readiness Program is the Business 4000: Advanced Professional Skills course. Only a small number of students will complete the entire program, fully developing their professionalism before graduating. Level 4 focuses on in-depth development in a few areas, including business writing, leadership and negotiation. Class size is small and sessions are designed to give students more personalized instruction. Students participating in Level 4 also have an in-depth one-on-one mentoring session with a professional from their field of choice, further tailoring their development to their needs.

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