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Career Design Seminars (CDI 101, 201 & 301)

CDI 101 for First-Year Students

In 2013, Bentley launched Career Design 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 Undergraduate Career Development coaches and is only offered in the Spring of students’ first year.

CDI 101 enrolls over 95% of first-year students annually and addresses the foundational aspects of career development and design thinking 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, networking, and interviewing 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.

CDI 201 for Sophomores & Juniors – MAJOR & CAREER PATH DECISIONS COURSE

In 2016, Bentley launched Career Design Introduction 201 (CDI 201) for students who are undecided in major and/or career path and focuses on helping students determine appropriate major and career path based on their strengths, interests, skills, and values. The curriculum is centered on advanced StrengthsFinder-based assessment, Strong Interest Inventory assessment, identifying majors, career paths, industries, and companies based on students’ results, skills and values, and customized career action planning. This course is non-credit and will not appear on the transcript and there is no homework or assignments.

The 4-week in person class is designed and taught by Undergraduate Career Development Center coaches who are certified in StrengthsFinder and the Strong Interest Inventory, is only offered in the Fall to second and third year students, and covers:

  • Applying Talent in Career Exploration based on students’ strengths (StrengthsFinder assessment)
  • Identifying satisfying majors and career options that align with students’ interests (Strong Interest Inventory assessment)
  • Major & Career Pathing Decision Making
  • Customized Career Design Planning

Registration for begins in April on Workday.

CDI 301 Intensive Courses by Major for Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors

Starting in Fall 2018, an exciting addition to the CDI curriculum started to be offered – Career Design Intensive 301 (CDI 301).  CDI 301’s are self-paced, asynchronous courses for those students who know what they want to major or career path in and are ready for advanced internship/job search education and interviewing preparation.  CDI 301’s are offered for/by every major and you do not need to be declared in a major to enroll. CDI 301 is a free, non-academic, non-transcript bearing course offering video modules and resources that provide 24/7, on demand career coaching support.  There is no classes, homework, or assignments.

Nine specialized, self-paced, asynchronous CDI 301 courses are offered in the following major fields/industries of study every Fall & Spring and meet students career development needs on demand:

  • Accounting, Mathematics, Information Systems & Audit Control, Corporate Finance & Accounting – Accounting focus (AC/ISAC/CFA-A)
  • Bachelor of Arts & Leading with your Liberal Studies Major (BA/LSM)
  • Computer Information Systems (CIS)
  • Consulting (any student can take this in addition to their major 301 course, but can only take one 301 per semester)
  • Creative Industries, Information Design & Corporate Communication, Marketing, Media & Culture, Professional Sales (CI/IDDC/MC/MK/PS)
  • Data Analytics, Actuarial Sciences, Math (DA/ACS/MA)
  • Economics-Finance, Business Economics & Quantitative Economics (EC-FI/BE/QE)
  • Finance and Corporate Finance & Accounting – Finance focus (FI/CFA-FI)
  • Management, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (MG, DEI)

CDI 301 courses will educate students 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.

These asynchronous 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
  • Major/Industry Recruiting Timelines
  • 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 takes place on Workday and in accordance with the academic registration periods, policies and procedures.

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