The Entrepreneurial Mindset
The role of the CALS Career Center is to offer broad support to all alumni of CALS in preparation for post-degree careers. The Center’s focus is to help alumni refine personal narratives and identify career paths that align with individual interests and needs. The resources available support alumni in understanding how they developed the CALS Career Competencies and entrepreneurial mindset encompassing the transferable skills that allow them, as CALS graduates, to lead and innovate in any sector or industry.
What is the entrepreneurial mindset? According to the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, “an entrepreneurial mindset is a set of skills that enable people to identify and make the most of opportunities, overcome and learn from setbacks, and succeed in a variety of settings.” The CALS faculty recognize the importance in preparing all students to be able to lead and innovate in the jobs of the future and strive to integrate to the entrepreneurial mindset into all courses.
What are the CALS Competencies? The CALS Competencies are the specific skills embodied in the entrepreneurial mindset that students can expect to develop throughout the CALS curriculum and extracurricular experiences. Alumni are encouraged to utilize the competency development plan to reflect on the skills, the ways in which the skills were developed, and how they can utilize those skills to define and support their professional narrative.
Consultation Appointments – CALS Career Center staff are available to discuss career planning and strategies, application document review, networking and mentoring, and other career topics.
The Alumni Career Lab – The Alumni Career Lab offers resources for career planning, mentoring networks to connect with professionals and alumni, conversations with professionals about their career path and successes, and job opportunities. The Alumni Career Lab is a great resource for building your network and exploring professional pathways.
The Beardown Network – The Beardown Network is a component of The Alumni Career Lab and is an application that allows you to make direct connections to other UArizona alumni, utilize discussion boards, and expand your professional network.
CALS students are always interested in connecting with alumni to learn more about career opportunities, how alumni utilize the knowledge gained as a CALS student in a chosen career, and to begin to build their network. The CALS Career Center offers many ways for alumni to connect with students and offer their insights. If you are interested in learning more, please complete this form.
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