PPD 201

Course Description
Personal and Professional Development 201 is the third course in a required 7-sequence of Personal and Professional Development opportunities in the Jay S. Sidhu business and leadership curriculum at Wilkes University. The PPD series adds value and depth to your learning program by explicitly targeting personal and professional competency, assessment, development, practice, and evaluation. The PPD series is designed to engage a cohort group of students in a four-year advisement and development program. In the third semester students will continue to examine their knowledge, values, learning, and personality styles, and competencies with a focus on making career choices: graduate school, workforce participation, preparation, and other opportunities.

Student Learning Objectives
The student will:
- Be knowledgeable about his/her talents and competencies
- Read material about and participate in discussions on the connections among leadership, emotional competency, and occupation/life success
- Define and apply concepts listed in the content, competencies, and sensitive areas in the course syllabus
- Acquire the basic skills and attitudes for successful entry to the world of work
- Recognize career opportunities
- Be prepared to acquire new sills and new knowledge to take advantage of those opportunities
- Develop competency needed to be effective career initiators
- Appreciate education as a life-long continuing process

Development for the Future
During this semester students will attend a Resume and Networking seminar designed to improve resume and networking skills students need, preparing them for their futures. Students will also prepare a Preliminary Career Interest and Action Plan. This will help the student explore his/her goals and actions needed to complete those goals. PPD 202 will further expand this action into a personal marketing plan. Students will explore the requisite development they need to achieve their goals in terms of undergraduate education, graduate education, certification, mentoring/coaching, network development, volunteer/extracurricular experiences, internships, and interviewing.

Social Cyclical Awareness
This semester students will develop a plan to give back to the community through focusing on career/education and development. Student cohort’s teams will also work on a Social Cyclical Awareness Proposal. For this proposal, teams will identify a client and then work with the client’s organization to identify an opportunity for service. This project will carry through into PPD 202.

Students will complete Focus exercises. These web-based personality exercises will give students an opportunity to assess their strengths, interests, and values in terms of potential career areas. These exercise will give students profiles in various areas: work related interests and values profile, educational profile, personality type and life values profile, the leisure preference profile, skills assessment, self-development needs, socio-emotional matches based on occupations.

Continuing Activities
Cohort teams will also continue, from PPD 101 and 102, to create role plays based on assigned self competencies.