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Professional Development Portfolio

Portfolios are only required for students who have taken Bus 284 (Professional Skills in Business) PRIOR to Fall 2016 or transfer a class in as Bus 284. Students who take Bus 284 Fall 2016 or after will complete the standards through that course.

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s College of Business prepares its students not only for success within the classroom, but most importantly, success upon graduation. As the only business school in the state with an internship requirement, our students obtain the real-world experience needed by today’s employers. Read about some of the internships on the Featured Internships page.

Undergraduate students also participate in College to Career Conference (formerly Networking Night), a unique opportunity that brings students and employers together to socialize and learn about potential employment opportunities.

UW Oshkosh’s Career Services helps to further prepare students with opportunities to receive resume assistance, participate in mock interviews and connect with internships and jobs upon graduation.

Below are the five standards of professional development that students must complete in order to be fully admitted to the College of Business.

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Standard 1:  Self - Awareness

Be self-aware and confident in your interests and abilities. Know how this relates to your majors of interest before making a final choice when admitting to the College of Business.

Applicable College Learning Goal:

Business Skills, Interpersonal Skills Students will gain a greater understanding of themselves and their strengths and how they relate to working with others and in their chosen work environment.

Activities to Complete this Standard:
Take Personal Globe Inventory through WISCareers and review the Interest Profile, Explore Occupations, and Full Report tabs. The registration code for UW Oshkosh students is osh-c427. Find it at


Standard 2:  Market Awareness

Be aware of the market and how your chosen major fits within the realistic scope of employment.

Applicable College Learning Goal:

Business Environment - Through occupation research, students will have a greater understanding of opportunities and issues facing their chosen occupation.

Business Skills, Analytical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills - Students will have the opportunity to gather data and organize it for analysis.

Activities to Complete this Standard:

Use Occupational Outlook Handbook to explore what you can do with majors of interest. Find this resource at 

Verification Tools:

Create and submit a summary of an occupation which includes:

  •  Fields within occupation (nature of work)
  •  Educational requirements
  • 10 year growth projection
  • Median Salary
  • Lowest and Top 10 Percent Salaries

The summary should be in bullet point format and in you own words. Do not copy and paste directly from the Occupational Outlook Handbook.


Standard 3:  Professional Connections

Be aware of the culture of business and trends in employment.

Applicable College Learning Goal:

Business Knowledge - Students will gain more information regarding their specific functional area as well as business relations as a whole.

Business Environment - Students have the opportunity to hear speakers and interact with organizations and understand issues facing the business world.

Activities to Complete this Standard:

  • Attend at least 1 UW Oshkosh Career or Internship Fair
  • Attend at least 3 business student club meetings or other approved College of Business development sessions. 

To verify club attendance, print off the Club Attendance Verification Form below. When the form is completed, scan the form and add the electronic version to your Professional Development Portfolio. Be sure to follow the directions on the form correctly.

Club Verification Form 


Standard 4:  Communication Skills

Display professional communication skills.

Applicable College Learning Goal:

Business Skills, Communication Skills- Students have the opportunity to display professional written communication skills.

Activity to Complete this Standard:

Create an essay reflective in nature based off the following prompt:

Describe the admissions activities you took part in while preparing for College of Business Admissions. Based on these experiences and research, what new understanding of yourself did you develop and how did it lead to your chosen major? What else do you need to investigate and experience prior to graduation to be successful in the business world?

The essay should be professional, including correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, and approximately 500 words. Paste your essay into the Admissions Essay page in ePortfolio.


Standard 5: Technology Literacy

Display ability to follow instructions and ability to use current technology.

Applicable College Learning Goal:

Business Skills, Communication Skills & Analytical and Problem Solving Skills- Students have the opportunity to display their instruction-following and technology skills.

NEW! Activity to Complete this Standard:

Starting for Fall 2013 Admission please use ePortfolio on D2L to submit your Professional Development Portfolio to the College of Business.

Each semester ePortfolio tutorial workshops will be offered to assist you through the process or specific instructions for using ePortfolio can be found below.

Once you have completed your application with your academic advisor you will be enrolled into a D2L COB Admission Course where you will submit your portfolio to a dropbox. However, you can start working on your portfolio prior to this as you already have access to it through D2L.

Note: When you are creating your portfolio you may run into some problems with copying and pasting items from Word and the Internet into your ePortfolio. If you run into this problem change your browser to internet explorer. Sometimes there are issues with Firefox or Google Chrome. You can also try to use the keyboard shortcuts to copy and paste if you are having issues.


Portfolio Instructions

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