Professional Edge graphic banner: Get your career edge today with the Barton School Professional Edge Program

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Professional Edge Program

Standing out to employers takes more than a degree — it takes an EDGE

Professional Edge is a co-curriculum program designed to provide personal growth and development skills as an enhancement to the student's formal education in the W. Frank Barton School of Business. These skills and competencies are designed to position the business graduate for enhanced placement opportunities and a successful career, with progressively greater responsibilities. The program is designed to provide Barton School graduates with a competitive edge as they seek to begin their professional careers.

Skills and Competencies

  • Effective resume writing
  • Knowledge of the industry in which the student has an interest, and career opportunities available
  • Communication etiquette
  • Professional behaviors (dining etiquette, dress code, social media)
  • Effective networkingStudents listen during a Professional Edge session.
  • Time management
  • Financial Literacy
  • Diversity, cross cultural and global competencies
  • Effective job search process
  • Behavioral interview skills
  • Evaluating and negotiating compensation packages
  • Post-graduation:
    • Seeking and benefitting from a mentor
    • Creating opportunities for advancement

Program FeaturesStudents listen to a guest speaker during a Professional Edge session.

  • Two-year non-credit program, starting in the freshman year
  • Open to all business majors
  • Students earn points by participation
  • Some events are mandatory; others are optional
  • Each semester, accumulation of a pre-specified minimum number of points allows student to pass a 0-credit class.
  • Students completing 4 semesters receive a Professional Edge Certificate and transcript credential from the Barton School.

Key OutcomesStudents are presented with certificates and ropes following completion of the Professional Edge program.

  • Multiple job offers for students
  • Improved placement rates of graduates
  • Increase in number of firms recruiting Barton School graduates
  • Higher starting salaries
  • Five-year advancement of graduates


Professional edge footer banner. Contact Wendy Veatch at or 316-978-3441 for more information on Professional Edge.