Closing the Preparedness Gap Through Leadership and Professional Development
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The human capital of a company is becoming increasingly important, and the development of this human capital is a 130 billion dollar industry. The majority of this development happens through self-awareness and leadership development. Through leadership and professional development, students can become more prepared for working in a professional setting, regardless of their industry. Currently there is a gap between the level of development a student graduates with and the level of development employers are looking for – a preparedness gap. While businesses spend billions of dollars on leadership and professional development in the workplace, there are many places and opportunities for this development to happen prior to a student graduating from college. In this paper I will discuss how this development can happen for students. I will then use my research to create an outline for a curriculum that could be used as a leadership and professional development program for college students.