A Professionalism Conundrum: Development of Business Students’ Career Readiness

Kristie A. Abston, Helen A. Soter


In this paper, we explore how two colleges of business at public, teaching-focused universities in the southeast are addressing what we call a professionalism conundrum – the lack of key skills that employers expect business students to have upon graduation in addition to the discipline-specific or technical knowledge and skills they have developed.  We include highlights from current research literature on this topic followed by our own examples of how our universities are addressing this challenge. We hope to facilitate a dialogue among conference attendees who have their own experiences with this conundrum and perhaps some insights to share.

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