LBJ School students can earn new professional development certificate, gain edge in job search | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
An LBJ student and alumni introduce themselves during the 2019 LBJ School Career Fair
LBJ students are able to take advantage of professional development activities like this career fair, where many alums
came to recruit. (Photo by Callie Richmond)

 

Students from the LBJ School of Public Affairs have new opportunities to formally participate in a robust array of professional development activities and programming designed to give students an edge in their job search through the newly launched Professional Development Certificate Program.

The program is a fully customizable portfolio of co-curricular learning opportunities geared toward helping students cultivate the skills they need for a public service career. Students who participate in these activities will earn a Professional Development Certificate in addition to their policy degrees.

Housed within the LBJ School Office of Student Affairs and Admissions, the program emphasizes six competencies: diversity and inclusion; career readiness; community engagement; data analysis; leadership; and communication. These competencies align with the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) annual job outlook survey results, which indicates the types of abilities employers value most in their new hires. Participants in the program will not only develop these important skills, but they will also learn how to articulate and demonstrate them throughout the job and internship search process.


"I am always interested in furthering my development, both academically and professionally. The opportunity to take advantage of all the programs that UT has to offer is too good to pass up." —MPAff student Daniel Matz

Fifty students are signed up to participate in the program in its first semester.

"I am always interested in furthering my development, both academically and professionally," said first-year MPAff student Daniel Matz, who has enrolled in the program. "The opportunity to take advantage of all the programs that UT has to offer is too good to pass up."

Students are required to submit an application and agree to a one-year commitment. The program also requires students to attend eight preapproved events across the focus areas, engage with students within the cohort through both in-person and online discussions, participate in service-learning experiences and tackle a capstone policy challenge. The total time commitment for the one-year program is estimated at approximately 40 to 45 hours.

To learn more about the program, contact Lauren Berryhill, assistant director, Student Professional Development at LBJProfessionalDev@austin.utexas.edu.