Written by Course Instructor, Audrey Bledsoe, Assistant Director for Undergraduate Career Services and Education
Did you know the Office of Career Management at Fisher offers a class called BA 2601? BA 2601 is a 1-credit hour class that meets twice a week and covers several career-related topics. Basically it’s a crash course in everything you need to know to be a successful job seeker. Interested? You should be! This class benefits nearly any student no matter your major or career goals. You will develop skills that are necessary for LIFE. Some of the topics include:
- Resume writing
- Cover letters, thank you notes and other correspondence
- Interviewing skills
- Job search techniques
- Preparing for career fairs
- Elevator pitch
- Professionalism and etiquette
- Salary and job offer negotiation
- And tons more!
I’m telling you—EVERY business professional needs to have the above skills to be successful!
The best part is the style of this class…most of the above topics are taught not by a professor, but by company recruiters! Tons of great companies have come to BA 2601 to share their expertise and the “insider’s perspective” on what they look for in potential candidates. Eaton, DHL Supply Chain, EY, Discover, Procter & Gamble, Progressive, L brands, Target, 5/3 Bank, PwC, Deloitte, Whirlpool, Unilever, GE Aviation, General Motors, Big Lots, Cardinal Health…the list goes on. And you can chat 1-on-1 with these recruiters after the conclusion of each class; now that’s networking!
“BA 2601 will help me in my career by giving me better insight as to what employers are looking for in an ideal candidate. I’ve been introduced to the recruiters of many large companies and learned directly from them what skills and passion they are looking for in a future employee of their business.”
“My favorite class session so far has been the speed networking activity where we gave elevator pitches and connected with the peers in our class. We provided constructive feedback to each person that we networked with, which told each of us what we can do better when we get into the same situation with a company recruiter.”
One of the coolest parts about the class is the Etiquette lunch at the Blackwell. During this lunch you get to practice your networking and conversational skills while eating a delicious 3-course meal at the Blackwell. Here’s a picture from the Fall 2015 Etiquette luncheon:
Doesn’t Filet of Beef Sirloin or Chicken Francoise sound delicious? And you get to eat it as part of a class? At this point you’re probably asking, “how do I sign up?”
Look for this class to be offered every fall and spring semester! The only prerequisites are you must be enrolled in the Fisher College of Business (not open to pre-business students) and you must be at least a sophomore standing.
Contact Audrey Bledsoe (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions!