The Entrepreneurial Mindset
The role of the CALS Career Center is to offer broad support to all students in CALS in preparation for post-degree careers. The Center’s focus is to help students refine personal narratives and identify career paths that align with individual interests and needs. The resources available support students in developing the CALS Career Competencies and entrepreneurial mindset encompassing the transferable skills that allow 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. Students are encouraged to utilize the competency development plan to reflect on the skills, the ways in which the skills have been developed, and which skills need to be more fully developed.
CALS Career Center
- Student Appointments – Schedule appointments in eSMS. Staff are available to discuss career planning and strategies, application document review, networking and mentoring, and other career topics.
- Interview Room: Located in the Forbes Building, the CALS Career Center Interview Room is a great option or students needing a private, quiet space to hold virtual meetings with mentors, employers, or industry personnel. The room is equipped with a computer, keyboard, mouse, remote control, HD camera, and echo-free microphone. Students can opt for the in-house computer or connect their own personal laptop. Reserve in eSMS
University of Arizona
- The Alumni Career Lab – The Alumni Career Lab offers resources for career planning, mentoring networks to connect with professionals and alumni, and conversations with professionals about their career path and successes. The Alumni Career Lab is not just for alumni – it is for students that will become alumni as well and 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.
The Dean’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Council – The Dean’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Council (DELC) is a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) student leadership group hosted in the CALS Career Center. The DELC provides a select group of service leaders with opportunities to develop their entrepreneurial mindset through the creation and facilitation of peer-focused career and entrepreneurial development activities and programs for CALS students.
Members of the DELC participate in weekly meetings to cultivate and perfect their entrepreneurial mindset. Members represent all academic units in CALS and collaborate to offer programming to support their peers in developing the entrepreneurial mindset.
Students interested in applying to be considered for the DELC should meet the following requirements:
- Should have strong interest and commitment to developing your individual entrepreneurial mindset.
- Should have strong interest and commitment to developing programs to support peer development of the entrepreneurial mindset.
- Be committed to collaborating with peers to support the entrepreneurial mindset in CALS.
- Be a currently active major in CALS.
Recruitment for the DELC occurs each year.
The Peace Corps Prep Program – The Peace Corps offers a variety of opportunities for students post-graduation and the prep program supports students in the application process. For more information about the Peace Corps and the prep program, reach out to Dr. Kevin Fitzsimmons.
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