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Career Development Seminars (CDI 101, 201 & 301)

CDI 101 for First-Year Students

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 the Pulsifer Undergraduate Career Development Center coaches and is only offered in the Spring of students’ first year.

CDI 101 enrolls over 98% of first-year students annually 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’ transcript.

Registration for begins in November on Workday.


*Starting Fall 2020, the CDI 102 internship program will no longer be offered due to the introduction of Bentley’s new One Credit Academic Internship program.

This new course allows undergraduate students to earn one academic credit for internship work experience completed during the summer, fall or spring trimesters. The student must complete a minimum of 45 hours of work at the internship over the span of at least four weeks in order to receive credit for the course. Students will need to have completed a minimum of 30 credits prior to taking this class in order to be eligible. This class can only be taken once. Students can decide to take this class as a business or arts and science elective.

In order to be approved for this course, the student must fill out an online form available through the undergraduate course catalog. Once submitted, the student’s form will be reviewed by the Associate Dean of Business or the Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, depending on how they want the credit to count in their degree audit. Students must apply no later than the add/drop period of the academic semester during which the internship takes place. Credit will not be granted retroactively. Upon approval, the Associate Dean will assign the student a professor who will oversee the academic work associated with the internship and assign the student a grade of Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.

CDI 201 for Sophomores

In 2016, Bentley launched Career Development Introduction 201 (CDI 201) for sophomores which focuses on job search readiness.   The curriculum is centered on advanced StrengthsFinder based assessment, Strong Interest Inventory 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 Pulsifer Undergraduate Career Development Center coaches who are certified StrengthsFinder coaches, is only offered in the Fall of students’ second year, and covers:

  • Applying Talent in Career Exploration based on Strengths (StrengthsFinder assessment)
  • Personality & Environment “Fit” based on Interests (Strong Interest Inventory assessment)
  • Customized Career Action Planning
  • Job Search Readiness & the 21st Century Internship Search
  • Interview Preparation
  • Interview Practice

Registration for begins in April on MyBentley.

CDI 301 Intensive Courses by Major for Juniors and Seniors

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 FIVE advanced job search preparation courses offered to juniors and seniors and focused on their career development based on their specific MAJOR.

Specialized CDI 301 courses are offered in the following major fields of study: Finance, Accounting/Actuarial, Marketing/IDCC/Creative Industries, Management/Professional Sales, and Computer Information Systems/Data Analytics; a new micro-course for BA/LSM students is also offered every spring. Various versions and multiple sections of CDI 301 will be offered during the fall and early spring of students’ junior and/or senior year.

CDI 301 courses will educate upperclassmen 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 4 class intensives are designed and taught by each major’s dedicated career coach. Topics to be covered include:

  • Advanced Resume and Cover Letter Development reflecting 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 all CDI courses is in accordance with the academic registration periods, policies and procedures.

*The Pulsifer Undergraduate Career Development Center received the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Award for Career Services Excellence for the HIRE Education CDI course suite.