Welcome to Leadership Engagement and Career Development Academy!
The Engineering Leadership, Engagement and Career Development Academy (Academy) was created in response to the College of Engineering’s strategic plan, which includes “Educating Engineering Leaders” as a major emphasis area. In addition, the College’s employer partners, when considering applicants for a position with their organization, often look specifically for students who have intentionally and purposefully dedicated time to developing their leadership skills.
The Academy provides a mechanism through which students may track their involvement outside the classroom and accrue points toward earning the Dean’s Certificate in Leadership and Engagement. This certification indicates to potential employers that MU graduates value leadership development and have participated in educational sessions and experiential learning to help develop their interpersonal, teambuilding, decision making, communication, emotional intelligence, networking, professional etiquette and ethical behavior skills.
What does the Academy offer?
The Academy offers you a variety of opportunities for students to expand their perspectives, grow leadership skills and enhance their competitiveness for employment. Students will have many opportunities to interact with other students and engineering professionals. The Academy is also the source for enhanced career services, such as job search assistance, resume reviews, mock interviews and professional development.
Why should students participate in the Academy?
Leadership is needed at every level of any organization, and students will be asked to take on the leadership of a special project, a new unit or a team wherever they work. Showing potential employers that students have worked to refine leadership skills and prepared comprehensively for a job search will help them stand out as a candidate. We often hear that job candidates are technically qualified but sometimes lack the interpersonal, communication and teamwork skills that employers are seeking. We want to provide a way to demonstrate that MU graduates are ready to take initiative, drive improvement and take the lead in their professional position. The Academy offers a convenient and marketable way to do that.