Walker School to Offer New Career Management & Coaching Program for Graduate Students

Oct. 29, 2014

Walker School to Offer New Career Management & Coaching Program for Graduate Students

ST. LOUIS (OCT. 28, 2014) - Students working on a master’s degree learn many new skills and analyze in-depth research that will help prepare them to advance in their chosen fields. At Webster University’s George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology, graduate students will now be offered a career management and coaching program as part of their education.

All Walker School graduate students may start using this benefit in summer 2015 at all Webster locations around the globe. The unique career management benefit will be offered through a partnership with Right Management, a global leader in talent and workforce solutions.

 “Whether our students want to begin, advance or change their careers, this new professional development program will equip them with the tools and resources they need to proactively manage their careers and achieve their goals,” said Benjamin Ola. Akande, dean of the Walker School.  “Professional development and career management training are essential in today’s highly-competitive job market, and we’re excited to partner with Right Management on this innovative, student-focused initiative.”

Webster’s new Career Management Program will be delivered in two phases. During Phase I of the program, students willenroll in the required course, Career Success for the 21st Century.  Delivered online, this one-credit hour course is designed to provide students with a foundation in career management; from self-assessments to social media and more. Students in this course will also be introduced to a Right Management career coach who has experience in helping professionals succeed.

At the conclusion of the program, students are encouraged to continue their career development by participating in Phase 2 of the program. Provided compliments of Webster University, this phase of the program provides students with 12-months of personalized career development, including one-on-one career coaching, guidance in developing a career action plan, updating their resumes and strengthening their interviewing and negotiation skills. Students who complete Phase 2 of the program are entitled to on-going career development support over the course of their entire careers through lifetime access to Right Management’s career resources and best practices, including its alumni network and job bank.

 “Right Management and Webster University share an exciting vision - to teach individuals the critical career management and career development skills needed to be competitive in their specific job markets,” said Jeff Gerkin, senior vice president and general manager of Americas West at Right Management. “We know that careers are rarely a straight line and what makes this partnership unique is that we are able to provide this resource while individuals are students, as well as a lifetime service to help them navigate and optimize the changing pathways of their careers. We jointly believe that learning is a lasting endeavor and thus, professional development must be as well.”

More than 11,000 students are enrolled in graduate business, management and computer science programs at the Walker School. These degree programs are offered at Webster University campuses across the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia, as well as delivered online.

“The success of our students means the success of the communities Webster serves,” added Akande. “This additional enhancement to the academic experience helps provide Walker School students with the tools for successful career management.”

With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University (www.webster.edu) is the only Tier 1, private, non-profit U.S.-based university providing a network of international residential campuses and a robust online learning program. Founded in 1915, Webster University’s campus network today includes metropolitan, military and corporate locations around the world, as well as traditional campuses in Asia, Europe, North America, and Africa. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.