The Harmon Professional Edge program was created to help students fill the gap between college and career. In this program, you will gain skills through hands-on experiences that will set you up for success in the professional world. By combining curricular and co-curricular engaged learning experiences, you will graduate better prepared for the workforce and have a competitive edge against the competition.
To participate, you must be an undergraduate student in the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies (HCBPS). Want to participate, but still undecided on your major? Talk to your advisor about declaring a major within the HCBPS. Eligible students will complete courses in all four of the following components, which may be taken in any order:
Two to three credit hours are required for this component. You must take a career development course that prepares you for entering the workforce. In most cases, this will be UNIV 3000 - Career Readiness (1-2) (two credit hours) or MGT 3325 - Business Communication (three credit hours). Within this course, you will build a résumé and digital profile, attend a career expo, write a cover letter, build a reference page and participate in mock interviews. You must earn a C or better to qualify.
One or more credit hours are required for this component. You must take a class or classes that value, respect and emphasize learning about diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations and religions. Classes will allow you to demonstrate openness, inclusivity, sensitivity and the ability to interact respectfully with all people and understand individuals’ differences. You must earn a C or better to qualify. Eligible courses include:
Three credit hours are required for this component. The purpose of completing an internship or practicum is to apply the knowledge, skills and theory gained up to this point via an out-of-the-classroom, practical and applied experience. Ideally, soft skills and emotional intelligence will be tested and enhanced. (Extensive work experience directly related to the major, documented and approved by the Harmon College Internship Office, may be accepted for completion of this component.) You must earn a C or better to qualify. Exceptions may be made if you are a senior and have 200 hour of work expience in your field of study. Eligible courses include:
Throughout your time at UCM, you will provide proof of participation in three (or more) activities that help boost your career readiness, apply soft skills and knowledge, engage with professionals or expand your network. There is a broad spectrum of activities that can occur on and off campus. The following activities are approved to meet this component’s requirements. Exceptions to this list may be requested in writing to the coordinator of the Harmon College Internship Office.
You must participate in three of the following experiences:
After completing all four components, you will receive:
The Credly badge will recognize your demonstrated competencies and skills. Attaching this badge to digital profiles such as LinkedIn, email signatures and digital portfolios will allow employers to click on it and certify that you have completed the Professional Edge program and view the components associated with it.
Partial funding for The Harmon Professional Edge provided by a UCM Alumni Foundation Opportunity Grant