Certifications Committee: Career Services Boot Camp
MBA Career Services Boot Camp is an event for new professionals, typically hosted just prior to the annual Global Conference. Attendees include those who are new to the MBA career services profession (i.e. have been in the profession 18 months or less). The event's goal is to provide:
- Networking and connections with fellow MBA Career Services professionals at a variety of schools
- A comprehensive beginner training applicable to new MBA career services staff members in all functions – coaching, employer relations, professional development/career education, operations
- An understanding of the key skillsets and competencies needed for success in MBA career services
- A foundational overview that could be followed by deep dives later for greater skill building and certification
- Exposure to best practices that are applicable regardless of type, size or location of school
Attendees receive a certificate of completion at the end of the event after completing a quiz.
Note: Reference the Certifications Committee SOP's for additional leadership role descriptions, including the Executive Director and Board Liaison to the Coommittee.
Boot Camp Chair(s)
- Work closely with the Executive Director and Board Liaison to ensure organizational goals are fulfilled throughout the event.
- Ensure event budget is closely managed, sending all expenditures to the Executive Director for approval before committing.
- Host regular meetings with Boot Camp volunteers and speakers throughout the year. An agenda should be distributed in advance of each meeting, and minutes should be taken during the meeting and distributed shorterly after the meeting concludes.
- Communicate with the Executive Director surrounding event logistics, such as room location, A/V set-up, food and other details depending on the event format (in-person vs. virtual).
- Work closely with the Executive Director to create a targeted marketing plan and communication timeline
- Draft marketing communications to promote Boot Camp to MBA CSEA members and non-members. The Executive Director will send the communications through the organization's communications system.
- Draft content to send to the Executive Director for the Boot Camp registration web site.
- Select Boot Camp presenters (all presenters must be vetted by the Executive Director before outreach is made).
- Create a PowerPoint template for speakers to use in course development.
- Maintain continuous contact with each speaker throughout the planning process to ensure timeline is being managed and responsibilities are fulfilled.
- Review all content for consistency, accuracy, continuity and redundancy.
- Confirm speaker travel information prior to the event (if in person).
- Send the Executive Director information needed to create the online registration form, such as questions attendees should be asked in advance of the event.
- Design certificates for participants to be mailed by MBA CSEA staff after the event.
- Create a resource guide and handouts for participants to use on-site or virtually.
- Create a quiz for attendees to pass in order to receive the certificate. Software to manage the quiz will be selected by MBA CSEA staff.
- Work with the Executive Director and conference sponsorship committees to identify sponsors for the Boot Camp. The sponsor prospectus will be approved by the board based on overall financial goals and conference sponsorship options.