Certifications: Career Services Boot Camp
MBA Career Services Boot Camp is a pre-conference event for new professionals, hosted just prior to the annual Global Conference in June. 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.
More specific details about event logistics can be found in the shared committee folder in OneDrive.
Note: Reference the Certifications Task Force SOP's for additional role descriptions, including the Executive Director and Certifications Task Force Co-Chairs.
Boot Camp Chair(s)
- Work closely with the Certifiations Task Force Chairs and Executive Director to ensure organizational goals are fulfilled throughout the event.
- Work with the Task Force Chairs and Executive Director to put togehter a team of volunteers to work on Boot Camp activities (responsibilities noted below).
- 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.
- Create a targeted marketing plan and communication timeline, along with the Executive Director (to ensure alignment with the organization's timeline).
- Draft marketing communications to promote Boot Camp to MBA CSEA members and non-members. The Executive Director will send all communications through the organization's communications system.
- Draft content to send to the Executive Director for the Boot Camp web site.
- Select Boot Camp presenters (all presenters must be vetted by Certifications Leadership and the Executive Director before outreach is made).
- Create a PowerPoint template for speakers to use in course development.
- Maintain continoous 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.
- Send the Executive Director information needed to create the online registration form.
- Design certificates for participants
- Create a resource guide and handouts for participants to use on-site (see last year's materials for a template).
- If needed and feasible, work with the Executive Director and Global Conference Sponsor & Exhibitor Committee to manage the sponsorship solicitation and management process for Boot Camp. Note: the Boot Camp sponsorship is included in the overall Global Conference Sponsorship Menu for simplicity purposes. All sponsorship dollars collected for the Boot Camp will be reflected in the Boot Camp budget.