Backpack to Briefcase

Students

Backpack to Briefcase (B2B) is an innovative initiative, integrating professional development into the core business curriculum throughout a student’s four-year academic program. B2B supplements students’ participation in traditional academic courses, providing holistic preparation for success as business professionals. Integrating career and professional development concepts into the VSB curriculum fosters a thoughtful approach to preparing for life after graduation. Each year of the B2B program, students are presented with opportunities to learn and develop professionally.

 

FRESHMAN YEAR

Assessing the Environment

VSB 1000: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

In the fall or spring semester, VSB freshmen enroll in a one-credit online course designed to increase students’ ability to utilize spreadsheets as a tool for business decision making. Students are also required to earn Bloomberg Certification by completing Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC), a self-paced e-learning program that provides an introduction to the financial markets.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMPONENT

Each semester, students participate in and reflect on professional development activities related to major exploration, college planning, career exploration and professional skill building. Critical written communication techniques are developed. Additionally, each student works with the University Career Center to create a professional resume.

SOPHOMORE YEAR

Defining & Implementing Your Strategy

VSB 2000: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR

In the fall or spring semester, VSB sophomores participate in a one-credit seminar focusing on self-assessment, career decision making, personal branding, internship and job search processes, interviewing skills, networking and using social media. Throughout the semester, students are presented with opportunities to interact with alumni and employers and practice skills critical to success in the career development process.

JUNIOR YEAR

Gaining a Competitive Edge

VSB 3000: BARTLEY BRIEFCASE CHALLENGE

In the fall or spring semester, VSB juniors enroll in a one-credit course that provides preparation for and culminates in an internal case competition. Written and verbal communication skills, analysis, team dynamics and leadership are integrated throughout the course. This course also provides a wide array of networking opportunities; students interact with and are provided feedback from business professionals.

Previous case studies* include:

PepsiCo, Profits and Food: The Belt Tightens
Tesla Motors
Apple, Inc. in 2015

*Harvard Business School Publishing

SENIOR YEAR

Capitalizing on Your Investment

UNIVERSITY CAREER CENTER & VU SENIORS PROGRAM

VSB partners with the University Career Center and the VU Seniors program to provide a series of social, professional and spiritual activities designed to unify the senior class, while preparing them for life after graduation.

Villanova School of Business Briefcase Challenge