Achieving Career Excellence (ACE)

Program Principles and Requirements

Program Principles

  1. Business majors are required to attend a series of seminars and events. These help students reflect on relevant career issues during their college education.
  2. Students are provided flexibility in attending seminars and events to accommodate work and school schedules. The program gives students a scorecard to verify that they have attended a certain number of events as a precondition for successfully completing their degrees. Students are required to attend at least one optional event of their own choosing per year.
  3. The seminars engage a variety of University and community resources including Career Services, the Chamber of Commerce, alumni associations, campus art and music events, and community organizations.
  4. The Graham School of Management will coordinate all events and verify student attendance. 

Required Seminars and Events

Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior

Introduction to the World of Work

Preparing for Organizational Life

Searching for the Right Career

Beginning Your Career

Fall Semester (Mandatory)

ACE Program Orientation (GSM)

Career Services Orientation

Attend one of the Career Development Programs and Workshops: e.g., Introduction to Business Careers, Networking 101, Brown Bag Career Exploration Porgrams, Job Search Skills Boot Camps/Resume Workshops, etc.

Resume writing

Introduction to internships

Interviewing Skills Workshop (may be completed fall or spring semester)

Job Search Skills Workshop

Mock interviews

Introduction to Professional Associations and Organizations 

Dress for Success Presentation

Spring Semester (Mandatory)

Focus career testing

Attend the SXU job fair or another Career Development Porgram or Workshop offered by Career Services

Attend either a Business Student Association (BSA) or the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) meeting

Mock interviews

Community Service Project

Career exploration and observation

Attend Professional Etiquette Dinner

Attend a non-SXU career fair

Career Fair

Senior Workshop

Fall or Spring Semester (Elective)

Attend a cultural/fine arts event- provide evidence of attendance

Attend a cultural/fine arts event- provide evidence of attendance

Value of Professional Associations

Art/music/theater event


Art/music/theater event

Final Resume Review


 Description of Seminars