Benefits of Student Professional Development
- Learn from relevant, thought-provoking speakers
- Enhance your professional development and marketability through workshops
- Hone your analytical and presentation skills through internal and external case competitions
- Develop networks with peers and experienced professionals
- Connect with professional organizations
What does Student Professional Development offer?
Industry Networking & Speaker/Panel Events
Events that create the opportunity to network with industry professionals/employers, and the opportunity to hear from those working in industry and/or knowledge experts on topics of current relevance within the business sector.
Professional Development Conference
The biggest business student event of the year, an annual two-day $30 (subsidized rate courtesy of funding from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta Education Foundation) conference includes keynote presentations, interactive workshops, a networking event with industry professionals and all meals. Started in 2023, local High School students have also been invited to hear keynotes and participate in their own special workshops.
Interactive Workshops & Information Sessions
Workshops featuring topics critical to professional success (ex. Networking, Leadership, Communication, Emotional Intelligence).
Information Sessions by professional organizations like: CPA (Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta), CFA (Chartered Financial Analysis), CPHR (Chartered Professionals in Human Resources), CMA (Calgary Marketing Association).
Thanks to funding from the CPA Education Foundation, ALL Dhillon School of Business students have FREE unlimited access to LinkedIn Learning, a digital library of 18,000+ courses covering a wide range of business, software, creative and technical content at your fingertips on an ongoing basis. Access- https://www.linkedin.com/learning-login/
Intro and Advanced Excel Workshops through https://moodle.uleth.ca/ under “long term courses”. Access - https://moodle.uleth.ca/long_term/course/view.php?id=899
Internal Case Competitions
Case competitions allow you to analyze a business challenge or participate in a virtual simulation, and use the theories you've learned in class to create innovative solutions. Once you've come up with your problem-solving plan, you'll present in teams to a panel of industry and academic judges with your peers. The Dhillon School of Business holds three internal case competitions each year-- the KPMG Case Competition, the Introductory Management Case Competition (sponsored by Enterprise Holdings) and the Cor Van Raay Agribusiness Case Competition. You also have opportunities to be selected to represent the Dhillon School of Business through participation on teams that are coached by faculty members and compete in provincial or national competitions against other schools.
Student Conference & Case Competition Funding
There is funding available through Student PD for participating in external case competitions where a team represents DSB, and for students presenting academic research at a conference. More information, including how to apply, is available on the Student Professional Development funding page.
For more information about Student Professional Development, please contact:
Heather Harty, Student Professional Development Coordinator
Dhillon School of Business
firstname.lastname@example.org | 403-380-1867
M4096, Markin Hall