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

“Career development is vital to long-term personal success. Meritrust is excited to help WSU students set the stage for a bright future.”- James Nastars, president and CEO, Meritrust Credit Union

What is Professional EDGE?

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.

  • Open to all business majors
  • Students earn points by participation
  • Students who attend ten seminars over the course of an academic year will receive a certificate in leadership

Key Outcomes Students at a Professional Edge program.

  • Spirit, Koch, and Meritrust guarantee interviews for students participating in EDGE
  •  Awarded certificate of completion
  • Graduates have improved interviewing skills that employers seeks
  • Several firms recruit Professional EDGE graduates
  • Exclusive opportunities for internships and employment


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The Professional Edge program is complimentary thanks to a generous donation from Meritrust Credit Union.