The Fogelman College of Business & Economics successfully launched Professionalism First! on Wednesday, September 22nd. Since its launch, students have expressed strong interest in joining the program. The first class commenced on October 22nd and will end on December 3rd. Two sessions (morning & afternoon) will be offered concurrently. Morning sessions will start at 10:00 AM and end at 11:00AM, while afternoon sessions will start at 2:00PM and end at 3:00 PM. The second class will start in January, 2011. Students are encouraged to apply early as competition for spaces is expected to be high. Please contact Dr. Leonard Jackson or by phone at (901) 678-5504 for more information about the program.
Professionalism First! is a free, non-credit professional development program designed to provide business students with the personal and interpersonal skills needed to succeed in today’s dynamic business world. The program is designed, developed and delivered by the Fogelman College of Business in conjunction with its strategic partner, First Tennessee Bank. Tracie Robinson of First Horizon will oversee the program on behalf of the bank. The program promotes life-long career readiness by providing a high quality professional development program that teaches business students how to improve their professional presence and image.
Speaking at the launch of the program, Rhomes Aur, Executive Vice President of Wealth Management and Private Client Services at First Tennessee, said the program offers a way for bank employees to give back to the community and in turn create a stronger local work force. "We're able to provide a sense of professional expertise that may give these students an edge when they finish school and start looking for a job," said Aur. "The hope is that they'll take these skills and use them in jobs with local companies, which will help them on the front end and benefit our larger community in the long run."
The program comprises five one hour modules: Professional Image; Professional Communication-part 1; Professional Communication-part 2; Interviewing; and Emotional Intelligence. Students enrolled in the program are assigned a First Tennessee Bank mentor who will guide them along the path of professional development. The program is open to junior and senior business majors who are in good academic standing. Students who successfully complete the program are awarded a certificate of completion.