General information

First-Year Leadership and Career Development Syllabus for Incoming Class of 2011
Professional Development Seminar

To prepare you for your job search and strengthen your leadership potential, you will engage in a series of workshops, activities and assignments—in groups, in small teams and individually. Sessions will prepare you to present yourself effectively, create your Internship Action Plan, and craft your Leadership Development Plan. Building industry relationships and expanding your professional connections will be a recurring theme throughout the course.

This course spans your first year and focuses on the critical concepts and actions needed to secure your summer internship, and lays the foundation for your long-term career success. The subsequent LCD course in your second year will build upon this foundation while shifting the focus to your initial post-MBA position.

2011-2012 Syllabus revised 12-6-11
Career Development: Inger Maher, or 530-752-4003

Course Approach

The two elements to the seminar—Career Development and Leadership Development—are equally critical to your overall success:

  • The Career Development Seminar focuses on career exploration and development designed to help you structure your internship search as well as develop your readiness to present yourself in a variety of ways—in writing, in-person, on the telephone, through email, and through social media. This course will enhance your ability to secure a rewarding internship and full-time job in your career area of choice.
  • The professional workplace is extremely competitive, and your success is dependent upon your personal work ethic and commitment to be a candidate of choice for your targeted employers. We see this as a collaboration where you drive your success and we provide resources, access and expertise.

The Leadership Development Program consists of four components: the Executive Challenge simulation, the Leadership Practices Inventory assessment, the Leadership Development Plan, and the Leadership Workshop Series.

  • The Executive Challenge is a daylong leadership simulation that applies leadership acumen, communication skills, and decision-making ability in intense and unique ways.
  • The Leadership Practices Inventory is a 360 assessment, completed anonymously by former colleagues and peers. The results measure five behaviors and help identify areas for growth—modeling the way, inspiring greatness, challenging the process, enabling others, and encouraging the heart.
  • An executive coach leads a workshop on creating a personal Leadership Development Plan. Once you have created you own plan, you will meet individually with the coach to discuss and review it.
  • We will offer nine hands-on, experiential workshops based on the five LPI behaviors. You will participate in a minimum of five of these highly interactive workshops.

Career Seminar Objectives

This course spans your MBA studies and moves you through the career continuum, covering career direction, building connections, self-assessment, presenting yourself, and industry research.

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be ready to:

  1. Articulate your value as a candidate of choice.
  2. Understand your career interests and what drives you to be successful.
  3. Develop your career action plan and manage your career.
  4. Research and analyze targeted companies, industries and career opportunities.
  5. Build relationships in a variety of settings.
  6. Interview successfully in different interview formats.
  7. Negotiate the right job offer.

Leadership Seminar Objectives

  1. Raise awareness of your own leadership style.
  2. Develop an appreciation for the leadership style of others.
  3. Assess your leadership strengths and areas for strengthening.
  4. Commit to developing your personal leadership effectiveness.
  5. Create a leadership roadmap to focus your development.
  6. Participate in one key leadership role as an MBA student.

Course Resources

Course materials are available through SmartSite and Symplicity.

Course Expectations

You are expected to participate in required sessions and submit assignments on time. See details below for dates and deadlines.

Starting with the graduating Class of 2013, students will be required to complete a practical experience while at the GSM.

With advance permission, you are allowed one group session absence per year and one team session absence per quarter. You must make up any missed individual sessions or assignments and contact Becky or Inger BEFORE you miss a session or assignment.

If you don’t participate in sessions or submit assignments, you are subject to a hold on your Student Record that will affect your course registration, release of grades and financial aid, including scholarship eligibility.

Summary of Sessions and Assignments

Specific event times will be announced through Symplicity.

Fall Quarter 2011 (red = career development and black = leadership)

Various Dates – Mock Interviews

Monthly – Team Advising Sessions

September 6, 2011 – Summer Webinars and Assignments due

September 12, 2011 – Executive Challenge Simulation

September 13, 2011 – Steven Newberry: Values-Based Leadership Talk by Lam Research CEO and the Lam Leadership Program Overview

September 20, 2011 – Wendy Beecham: Professional Relationship Building

September 30, 2011 – Chris Dito: Presenting Yourself to Employers

October 1, 2011 – ASSIGNMENT: Résumé due; ASSIGNMENT: Sign up for mock interview

October 3, 2011 – ASSIGNMENT: Team captains complete Research Team & Topic Survey on MBA Accelerator

October 3-7, 2011 – Team captains will schedule monthly group advising sessions with Inger Maher (for fall quarter)

October 10, 2011 – Marc Cosentino: Case Interview Workshop

October 13-15, 2011 – NSHMBA Career Fair in Anaheim

October 17-21, 2011 – Team captains will reserve winter presentation dates on MBA Accelerator

October 21, 2011 – Steve Dalton: The Two-Hour Job Search

October 25, 2011 – Professor Kim Elsbach: Leadership Practices Inventory

November 2-4, 2011 – Marla Goonan: Crafting a Leadership Development Plan (attend one of three sessions)

November 3, 2011 – Fall MBA Career Fair in Davis

November 18, 2011 – Leadership Skills Workshop: Time Management & Organization. 9:00-Noon, GH2310.

Winter Quarter 2012

Jan 23-Feb. 27 – Team Industry/Function Research Presentations Mondays except holidays; 1:00-3:00pm; GH 1213

January 4, 2012 – ASSIGNMENT: Leadership Development Plan. Upload to MBA Accelerator by 5:00 p.m., January 4, 2012.

January 9, 2012 – ASSIGNMENT: Individual Internship Action Plans due

January 9-13, 2012 – Leadership Development Plan Consultations. Various dates/times. Check in at front desk at your appointment time.

January 13, 2012 – Leadership Skills Workshop: Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace. 9:00-Noon, GH 2310, RSVP Required

January 25, 2012 – Chris Dito: ‘Your Career Search’ Discussion 4:00-4:30pm; GH 1213

February 3, 2012 – Leadership Skills Workshop: Coaching for Excellence. 9:00-Noon, GH 2310, RSVP Required

February 9, 2012 – Peer-to-Pier Networking Event in San Francisco 5:00-8:30pm, Carnelian by the Bay

February 24, 2012 – Leadership Skills Workshop: Leading Through Effective Communication. 9:00-Noon, GH2310, RSVP Required

March 2, 2012 – Spring MBA Career Fair in San Ramon

March 9, 2012 – Leadership Skills Workshop: The Art of Self Promotion. 9:00-Noon, GH 2310, RSVP Required

Spring Quarter 2012

April 20, 2012 – Leadership Skills Workshop: Giving & Receiving Feedback. 9:00-Noon, GH2310, RSVP required

May 11, 2012 – Leadership Skills Workshop: Leading Teams Through Self-Awareness. 9:00-Noon, GH2310, RSVP required

May 2012 – Speaker TBA: Maximizing Your Internship/Negotiating Your Career Offer