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Professional Development


Overview

The new and improved Boots to Suits Professional Development Program is the University of Colorado Denver's forward-thinking process to create the next generation of industry and community leaders. Skills workshops coupled with mentoring from industry insiders creates graduates primed to excel in their chosen fields.  

Prospecitve Mentees

Boots to Suits Career Services are open to all veterans and military-related students
  • We partner with offices across campus to help students brush up on skills including, résumé writing and interviewing skills
Juniors, seniors, and graduate students are invited to apply for our Professional Development Program:
  • Mentoring by a professional within the students’ prospective career field
  • Résumé building skills
  • Networking opportunities
  • Interview skills
  • Get a leg up on competition, know what to expect in your industry
  • Participation in Launch! an initiative in collaboration with the Career Center

At the end of the program and upon successful completion of all requirements, students will be fitted with a custom suit from Brooks Brothers. Requirements include a minimum of six meetings with your mentor, attendance at a Career Services event, participation in Launch, and an essay summarizing your experience.

Application timelines are included in our monthly newsletter communications from the Office of Veteran & Military Student Services. Space in the program is limited, so be sure to check back regularly and apply promptly. After applications and resumes are reviewed, we will schedule interviews. A maximum of fifteeen students will be accepted for each Professional Development Program cohort. For more information please email VMSS@ucdenver.edu​.

Propective Mentors

The men and women of today's Armed Forces embody a unique cross section of the country. They represent the less than one percent of the nation willing to pledge to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies both foreign and domestic. Military service has imparted highly sought-after skills such as dependability, honesty, leadership and flexibility. Coupled with your guidance and an exceptional education from the University of Colorado Denver, our graduates will be ready to compete in today's fast-paced workforce.  

Mentors are asked to meet with their mentee one-on-one and provide their expertise:

  • ​Help them gain an understanding & appreciation of this career field
  • Assist in developing a civilian-style resume and LinkedIn profile
  • Offer advice on the mentee's 30-second elevator pitch and networking in your industry​​
This program is highly flexible to accommodate the mentor's busy schedule and adapt to pace of a diverse global marketplace. For example, we had one organization working with a company doing urban planning in the developing world and instead of meeting with Human Resources as the mentor had originally planned, they discussed working with Non-governmental Organizations (NGO) and host countries instead.

Our veteran & military-related students are grateful for your guidance. Please consider signing up to be one of our Professional Mentors today. Thank you!

For more information or to follow up on a request to become a mentor please contact us any time at:

 
Office: 303.315.7300​
Veteran & Military Student Services
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Office of Veteran Student Services

Phone: Anschutz Office: 303.724.9649 or Denver Office: 303.315.7300

Street Address: Tivoli Student Union, Suite 124, 900 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 173364, Campus 155, Denver, CO 80217-3364

E:mail: vmss@ucdenver.edu

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