Professional Education and Knowledge (PEAK)
Ascend to your personal PEAK!
(Professional Education and Knowledge)
Preparing students for entry into the professional business environment is an important focus area for the Gordon Ford College of Business. PEAK was formed as a comprehensive resource that will complement content knowledge that students learn and practice each day in the classroom.
Professional success doesn't begin when a student wears the cap and gown and receives a diploma. Preparing for professional success is a process that begins the moment a student walks into Grise Hall for the first time. That's where PEAK steps in, giving students a multitude of information, assistance, and advice in these and more areas:
- Career awareness and exploration opportunities
- Personal improvement workshops and seminars
- Real-world experiences through mentoring and internships
- Continued professional development and networking for alumni
How will you ascend to your personal PEAK?
- Check out the GFCB Events Calendar to see upcoming workshops and opportunities.
- Commit to completing the PEAK Passport (information below) or the Certificate in Advanced Professionalism. These demonstrate to employers your willingness to develop your professional self.
- Check out the PEAK events described below to find out more about how you can prepare for personal professional success:
Spend a few hours or even a whole day in the real world, learning more about your future career with professionals who are available to answer questions and give advice. Students have completed job shadowing opportunities at businesses such as Bluegrass Supply Chain Services, General Motors Corvette Plant, and Logan Aluminum.
Practice your interviewing skills with business professionals who provide immediate feedback and coaching. Students will spend approximately 30 minutes in the interviewing process. Students should dress business professional and provide copies of their resume.
Learn about the importance of business and dining etiquette while enjoying a reduced-cost three-course meal.
An intense exploration of career topics with leading business leaders of the region. A three-course dinner is served and topics are moderated by a facilitator.
Travel to locations away from the Bowling Green region to discover business careers. Past trips include St. Louis, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Nashville, and Louisville. Trips typically occur during the Spring semester and last two or three days. Students are charged a nominal fee.
Discover business careers in the immediate Bowling Green region during a day trip to local businesses. Past trips include Logan Aluminum and the General Motors Corvette Plant.
Dress for success! Business students may shop for one interview outfit per academic year. All items are FREE. The Closet is located on the second floor of Grise Hall.
Hours of operation: MONDAY'S = 10:15am - 12:15pm and TUESDAY'S = 9:00am - 11:00am, 2:00pm - 4:00pm.
Workshops and seminars aimed at helping you develop a more professional persona. Workshop topics in the past include: professional dress on a budget, resume preparation, negotiation skills, and communication skills.
Develop professional relationships with business leaders. Some students meet with their mentors on a regular basis while others seek advice through electronic means.
Career Development Activities
The Career Development Activities associated with the Certificate in Advanced Professionalism as well as the PEAK Passport can be completed by earning a minimum of 25 points for participating in professional preparedness activities that span each of the categories described below. Of these points, 6 are required in Category 1, 4 points are required in Category 5, and a minimum of 2 points must be earned in each remaining category.
Category 1 (Required)
LInkedIn Profile (1 point)
Career Portfolio (5 points)
Category 2 (Developmental Workshops)
Developmental Workshops are worth 1 point each. Workshops in this category should relate to areas of professional and personal development.
- Social Media & Professional Image
- Practical Financial Matters
- Creating a Career Plan
- Personal Branding
- Internship Forum
Category 3 ( Job Search)
Activities in this category are awarded either .5 or 1 point each. Events, workshops, and activities in this category should relate to the job search process.
- Interviewing Skills Workshop
- Mock Interview Session (Perfect Your Interview)
- Applying for Jobs Seminar
- LinkedIn Workshop
- Attendance at WKU and GFCB career fairs
- Handshake resume upload
- Job Fair Preparation Workshop
Category 4 (Exploration and Networking Events)
Activities in this category are awarded 1 to 5 points. Events, workshops, and activities relate to career exploration and professional networking.
- Career Trek (multi-day career exploration field trip)
- Career Hike (one-day career exploration field trip)
- Attendance at a Leadership Conference
- Membership in a Professional Organization
- Job Shadowing
- Business Etiquette Dinner
- Professional Networking Event
- Meet the Firms
- Attendance at guest speaking sessions
Category 5 (Personal Financial Success)
Points values in the Personal Financial Success category vary, and a student must earn at least 4 points in this category. Events, workshops, and activities in this category should relate to the skills needed to ensure personal financial success.
- FIN 161 with a grade of B or higher: 6 points
- FIN 161 with a grade of C: 5 points
- FIN 161 with a grade of D: 2 points
- Completion of Personal Financial Success modules (2 points each)
CONTACT INFORMATIONFor more information about PEAK activities, contact: