Advances Look, Behavior for Business Careers
Learn how to dress and act for the
job you want through a new program called, "Fit for the
World of Work."
April 21, 2005
By Pam McLaren
Imagine walking into a business meeting
being held over dinner ‚ in addition to knowing the subject
that will be discussed, you need to know how to dress for
the function, how to introduce yourself and which fork
to use with which course.
How about making that oral presentation before a group of
administrators? Or writing a business letter?
College courses can provide the knowledge and
skills to get the job done but there are other skills that
college graduates need in order to advance in their chosen
careers. It's those skills that will be featured through a
new program called, "Fit for the World of Work."
Thanks to a $20,000 grant from Bank of America
and $5,000 in support from the College of Business and Economics,
Dana Loewy and Gayle Vogt, both lecturers in business writing,
are developing a series of seminars to guide business administration
students through the intricacies of business beyond "book
learning" and practical experience. The pilot program
kicks off in the fall.
"Businesses have known for a long time
that deals can be made or broken by how well a letter or an
e-mail is written, how someone dresses or speaks," notes
Loewy, adding that Bank of America believes so strongly in
the program that it will be including its own employees in
the seminars. "It's vitally important that young people
entering the business world understand what is expected of
them in any situation.
"What is the appropriate behavior and
apparel for a formal function, a cocktail party, or a business
meeting on a yacht? Working without this knowledge can diminish
the value of what you do," Loewy adds.
"We want to teach students what used to
be called comportment or demeanor," says Vogt. "We
want to help students look, speak and act the job they want,
rather than the job they have. We believe that this program
will offer the skills students need to attain that goal."
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