We Believe in “Hire” Education: An Experiential Professional Pathway Program and its Relationship to Business 101

Linda C. Rodriguez, Michael J. Fekula


There is a difference between being properly prepared for professional life and being proactive in choosing a suitable professional pathway.  Although business schools are capable of providing an excellent education, some, if not many students engage in the learning process without asking where it will lead them. This paper describes a systematic process to bridge the gap between college and professional life through a professional pathway program. In order to make such a program effective, students must be involved in the process of proactively assessing their future. Although experiential learning is important throughout a student’s business education, supplementing an experiential professional pathway approach with Business 101 can play a critical role in setting the stage for the effective pursuit of a particular profession.

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