Student Professional Development Center


Career Services is pleased to announce a new series of ongoing programs focused on helping Elon students better understand the important decisions facing them after leaving university life. The depth and “reach” of these programs is further enhanced by the close working relationship between Career Services and Alumni Relations.

Each year we anticipate offering six to ten Beyond Elon programs, workshops, or events on-campus. A smaller number will be “virtual” by means of digital media technology. Beyond Elon programming is open to all students; however, particular promotional emphasis will be directed toward sophomores, juniors and seniors. The following is a listing of schedule Beyond Elon programming for the current/upcoming semester:

Professional Discovery Week (PDW): Coordinated each February by Career Services, PDW is a university-wide collaborative series of events providing students with a wealth of valuable and timely information on a wide variety of career-related topics.  In all, nearly two dozen programs are offered over the course of four consecutive days. PDW programs are hosted by off-campus professionals as well as faculty and staff representing wide-ranging expertise.

“Destination…” is a new series of geographically focused presentations sponsored jointly by Career Services and Alumni Relations.  Many students begin their job search by choosing a specific location, so “Destination” programs provide detailed information on topics such as cost of living, transportation, top employers, and current job market trends in that city/region. Depending on the specific program, participating students will be able to ask questions of Elon alumni, as well as chamber of commerce and career service professionals from those areas.

School Specific Workshops: In addition to the programs described above, Career Services also presents various workshops throughout the academic year (resume, job search, best use of Elon Career Service resources) targeted to students enrolled specifically in the Schools of Business, Communications, Education and the Elon College of Arts and Sciences.

Student Transition Courses: While not under the umbrella of Beyond Elon programming, this new university-wide initiative provides Elon students with the opportunity to enroll for 1 credit hour in a variety of courses taught by both faculty and staff. Each transition course offering has a strong career development component as part of the curriculum.