CDI 101 for First-Year Students & CDI 102 Non-Academic Internship Credit
In 2013, Bentley launched Career Development Introduction 101 (CDI 101) to equip first-year students with a comprehensive career toolkit and the ability to understand and “tell their story”. The course is the first step in a four year Hire Education program designed to support our belief that competence, confidence, and community lead to meaningful careers and lives. The 6-week optional class is designed and taught by Bentley career advisers and is only offered in the Spring of students’ first year.
CDI 101 annually enrolls over 1010 first-year students (97+%) and addresses the foundational aspects of career development including:
- Self-Assessment and Awareness: Identification of personal strengths/talents and how they impact career decision making and the development of effective job search marketing collateral
- Written Communication: Development of tangible self-marketing pieces: resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, and electronic business correspondence
- Verbal Communication: Development of elevator pitch and professional informational meeting and networking skills
- Internships: Knowledge of internship search process and tools
- Career Resources: Knowledge and proper use of career exploration resources
Successful completion of the course is noted on students’ transcripts and serves as a prerequisite for a one-credit internship, CDI 102, allowing students to secure paid and unpaid internships requiring academic credit.
Please Note: The credit you receive through the one-credit internship (CDI 102) does not go toward your graduation requirements.
CDI 201 for Sophomores
In 2016, Bentley launched its new Career Development Introduction 201 (CDI 201) for sophomores which focuses on job search readiness. The curriculum is centered on advanced StrengthsFinder based assessment, customized career action planning, advanced internship search techniques, and interviewing preparation and practice (which includes a mock interview with an employer). The 6-week class is designed and taught by Bentley career advisers, is only offered in the Fall of students’ second year and covers:
- Applying Talent in Career Exploration based on Strengths
- Personality & Environment “Fit” based on Interests
- Customized Career Action Planning
- Job Search Readiness & the 21st Century Internship Search
- Interview Preparation
- Interview Practice
CDI 301 Intensive Courses by Major for Juniors
Starting in Fall 2018, an exciting addition to the CDI curriculum will be offered – Career Development Intensive 301 (CDI 301) is a new series of SIX advanced job search preparation courses offered to juniors and focused on their career development based on their specific MAJOR.
Specialized CDI 301 courses will be offered in the following major fields of study: Finance, Accounting/Actuarial/Analytics, Marketing/IDCC/Creative Industries, Management/Professional Sales, Computer Information Systems, and Bachelor of Arts. Various versions and multiple sections of CDI 301 will be offered every two weeks during the fall and early spring of students’ junior year.
CDI 301 courses will educate juniors about advanced job searching as it relates to their particular major, related jobs and industries, and recruiting timelines, and help students develop their career development toolkits, career management skills, and workplace readiness competencies as upperclassmen.
The 2-week, 4 class intensives are designed and taught by each major’s dedicated career adviser. Topics to be covered include:
- Advanced Resume and Cover Letter Development refecting major competencies and market demand skills and experience
- Interview Preparation based on major related industries and positions
- Salary and Offer Negotiation
- Advanced Career Action Planning for Junior and Senior Year
Registration for the Class of 2019 begins on April 6th on MyBentley.