Students in Rose Procter’s Advanced Leadership Course at Mike Cottrell College of Business this spring learned a wide range of skills to prepare them for their careers. The course is aimed at students in their last semester before entering the job market. They had one-on-one calls with business leaders, made a group presentation to a bogus board, interviewed high school students, and confronted their fears.
Procter, director of the BB&T Center for Ethical Leadership at the UNG, said the course fits perfectly with the designation of the University of North Georgia (UNG) as a state leadership institution. And future employers will reap the rewards.
“We want to immerse students in experiences so that they can practice these skills now, not on the job,” said Procter. “Employers want to hire people who have developed their character, who have the necessary knowledge and who have been in business situations at their university so that they have that experience to draw on.
Emily Hill, who graduated with a management degree in May, spoke to Mike Hennessy, who founded the Apex Group at UBS Wealth Management. He shared with her the importance of leading and making important decisions in a timely manner.
Hill was grateful for the diverse experiences of her last semester at UNG. Particularly valuable was the presentation of the fictional board, which provided constructive feedback from top professionals on the real challenges of social media.
In addition to the more directly business-oriented tasks, Procter mixed up other days that helped develop students’ skills. One focused on overcoming leadership fears, better known to students as the “wall of fear,” a day of rock climbing at the NGU’s Pine Valley Recreation Complex. In another activity, students had to work on effective communication, building something together solely on the basis of the student’s vision and their ability to communicate it to their peers, like leaders projecting their vision into a project. or a business.
“These creative pursuits have helped us to diversify and think differently,” Hill said.
Second Lieutenant Alex Fernandez, a native of Midway, Ga., Who graduated in management in May, spoke with Col. Michelle Donahue, quartermaster commanding officer of the Quartermaster School of the US Army based in Fort Lee, Virginia. She took on the role in May 2020 and has over 24 years of service. Fernandez was commissioned in the Quartermaster Branch of the Army in May 2021.
“I wanted to gain knowledge from someone who is the greatest leader in my field and understand what made her so successful as a Quartermaster Officer,” Fernandez said.
Katie Dunn, from Suwanee, Ga., Who graduated with a marketing degree in May, interviewed entrepreneur Kristy Gayton. She founded STARTplanner, a company that creates planning notebooks that focus users on goals, finances, and health. Dunn was impressed with Gayton’s passion and focus on routine to forge success. The Advanced Leadership Course was one of the highlights of her last semester at UNG.
“Having this course made my semester normal,” Dunn said.
Procter was grateful that the students responded to the format.
“This class is that transition of students from being a thermometer, where they read the culture and temperature of the room they’re in, to being a thermostat,” Procter said. “They start to set the temperature intentionally or not by their own leadership. They start to have influence after graduation, and we want them to be leaders worth following, who have the knowledge. , experience and character to build strong careers and communities. “