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Career Management Program

The Career Management Program is a comprehensive career preparation program whose mission is to develop professionals who will make valuable contributions and succeed in the global marketplace. The program focuses on three key areas of Student Professional Development (SPD):

  • Experiential Learning
  • Leadership Development
  • Business Communication

The program was developed in response to feedback from hiring managers and stakeholders about the importance of communication and interpersonal skills. Their feedback is further supported by surveys conducted by organizations like the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and Accountemps. The survey results consistently rank communication and interpersonal skills as most valuable when interviewing and assessing job applicants.
Student engagement in the program begins during the freshman year and extends to graduation and beyond. SPD is delivered to the students through these four major components:

  • Career Planning
  • Business and Industry Communication
  • Globalization
  • Leadership

In addition, students are exposed to the needs of the global marketplace through international study, international service projects, and course requirements.

Courses and Objectives

MGT 1100 Career Planning

  • Developing a Career Plan
  • Defining ethics and standards for behavior
  • Establishing a work philosophy
  • Developing a career portfolio and résumé
  • Creating a personal financial plan

MGT 2100 Business Communication

  • Understanding business protocol, etiquette and traditional corporate attire
  • Understanding how ethics impacts business
  • Developing employment strategies
  • Participating in the experiential learning initiative
  • Developing effective presentation skills

MGT 3100 Globization

  • Applying effective communication skills
  • Identifying ethical standards in business reports
  • Communicating for employment
  • Using critical thinking skills to impact communication
  • Communicating electronically

MGT 4100 Leadership

  • Understanding job expectations and evaluations
  • Identifying and resolving ethical dilemmas
  • Navigating the maze of office politics
  • Valuing diversity in the global market
  • Understanding the art of forming working relationships


Harold G. Sellars
B.S. Business Administration, 1978
Senior vice president, Mechanics & Farmers Bank, Durham, N.C.

"The Student Professional Development program helps the students learn and understand that there is more to getting a job than having a high GPA. This program has made NCCU one of the premier business schools. I’ve observed NCCU School of Business graduates in the presence of those from other schools and you can see that confidence. It is not about how students ranked when they entered the program, but how they rank when they leave that is important."

Mozart Bernard
Partner, Walker & Company, LLP

"Over recent years, the NCCU Business School has become a favorite partner. It has become so because of the preparedness of the students for becoming tomorrow’s business and accounting leaders."

Kalipha Ceesay

"The Student Professional Development series at NCCU helps students polish their soft skills. With confidence, I'm now able to inspire and influence others."

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