New course helps students navigate the employment environment

Spring enrollment underway for MNGT 3100 Issues in Management: Walker EDGE Professional Development

Patrick Mulcahy, chairman of Energizer Holdings; Benjamin Akande, dean of the Walker School, Katya Hill, executive assistant to the deanST. LOUIS - For many, it can be difficult to find a job in today’s economy.  In order to help students successfully navigate the worst employment environment since the Great Depression, Webster University has created a new course that focuses on the skills needed to conduct a job (or internship) search.

MNGT 3100 Issues in Management: Walker EDGE Professional Development provides students with strategic professional preparation through a hands-on approach.  Dozens of students primarily from the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology participated in a pilot Walker EDGE course this fall, and beginning in spring 2014, students of all majors will have the opportunity to benefit from the course.

Taylor Menke, a junior who took part in the pilot course, said she’d recommend the Walker EDGE course to anyone seeking personalized and dedicated assistance as they begin their professional development.  “When you're a college student who is just beginning to think about a career, resumes, personal branding and interpersonal networking can seem overwhelming and even intimidating,” Menke explained.  “Walker EDGE has provided me with the tools and mentoring necessary to build confidence for success in my future endeavors.”

Through an intensive classroom experience, mock interviews and other aspects of professional development, students become familiar with the current job market and are able to hone their skills in personal branding, resume and cover letter preparation, interviewing, networking and much more.   

“This is a must-take course for our students because it offers a deep preparation to explore and define career goals that will enable their transformation from college to the workplace,” said Benjamin Akande, dean of the Walker School.  “And in the Post-Great Recession Era, having these tools is a necessity.”

Two sections of MNGT 3100 Issues in Management: Walker EDGE Professional Development will be offered at Webster University’s home campus in St. Louis:

Spring Semester, Section 10
Tuesdays and Thursdays
12 – 1:20 p.m.

Spring Term II – Section 03
Tuesdays
5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Students can register for the course through Connections (under the student tab, “Student Academic Services” Channel).  Space is limited, so students are encouraged to register early.

For questions, please contact Anne Browning or Rebecca Spear.