Career Planning & Strategies Course (BA297)

BA 297 – 1 Credit Course


Recommended for the Sophomore year

University Park Students

This course, which is offered in the fall and the spring, walks students through professional development skills in time with the recruiting season each semester.  Sessions feature guest speakers from Corporate Partners companies and allow students the opportunities to learn, practice, and receive feedback on many skills needed to reach various career goals.  A sample of course topics include:

  • Develop skills to be successful at career fairs, including attendance at a mock career fair
  • Practice behavioral-based interview skills with a Corporate Partner recruiter
  • Learn how to utilize tools for researching companies
  • Use social media to network and practice networking with Corporate Partner recruiters and Smeal alumni
  • Discuss job evaluation and negotiation techniques and ethical best practices
  • Assess transition to the workplace issues with recent alumni

Students will also have an opportunity to receive one on one feedback from the Business Career Center team through three assignments: tailoring their resume, honing their interviewing skills, and perfecting written networking communications.

Online: Commonwealth Campus Freshmen & Sophomores Tracking Smeal

  • Offered every Fall & Spring
  • Asynchronous – no live meetings
  • Instructed by Career Coach from Smeal’s Business Career Center
  • Several weekly topics taught by employers from the Corporate Partner Program
  • Can front-load your completion of lecture and assignments

Note: This course is NOT a Smeal requirement, but if you would like to register for next semester or have questions, please email Tina Rose at via your PENN STATE EMAIL; please also provide your Commonwealth campus and class year.