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Fairfield Dolan - Professional Development Series

The Fairfield Dolan Graduate Professional Development Series is a comprehensive program designed to give students a competitive edge in the workforce. The program is optional, but highly encouraged for all graduate business students. Through the program, students will focus on the following professional development areas:


Students will learn how to refresh their resume so it reflects their graduate coursework, accomplishments, and skills.Students will submit their resume for review on Life@Fairfield and are encouraged to watch Resume Makeover on LinkedIn Learning prior to seeking review.

LinkedIn Profile

Students will develop and submit their LinkedIn profiles for review on Life@Fairfield. Profiles must include the following:

  • Profile picture
  • Customized URL
  • Headline
  • Summary
  • Education
  • Experience

Essential Skills

Complete one of the following LinkedIn Learning courses to help strengthen your essential/soft skills.

Graduate students must complete a short survey on Life@Fairfield following the course to receive credit.

  • Interview Master Class
  • Professional Networking


Technical Skills

Students will complete one of several LinkedIn Learning courses to help strengthen their technical/hard skills. Students must complete a short survey on Life@Fairfield to receive credit.

  • Creating Business Budgets
  • Excel for Corporate Finance Professionals
  • Excel for Marketers
  • Introduction to Formulas and Functions
  • Learning Git and Github

Alumni and Networking Events

We offer many networking opportunities for students to meet with alumni, employers, and community partners. This is a mutually beneficial opportunity that allows students to learn about potential careers, internships, and job opportunities while employers look for potential talent.

  • Business Analytics Showcase
  • Women in Leadership
  • Etiquette Dinner
  • Dean’s Executive Forum
  • Dolan Lecture
  • Fairfield StartUp Reception and Showcase

Career Advancement

Students will complete one of the following LinkedIn Learning courses to aid in their career advancement and must complete a survey following the training to receive credit.

  • Learning to Be Promotable
  • What to Do in the First 90 Days of Your New Job
  • Negotiating Your Salary
  • Asking for a Raise

For more information about Fairfield Dolan career services and support visit the Dolan Career Development Center.

Professional Development – Special Programs

Today's graduate student must be prepared with skills to last a lifetime of job searches and career shifts. Dolan’s close partnerships with nationally recognized companies and successful alumni will open the door to top notch learning opportunities and lifelong connections. Whether students are looking to start their career, advance their career within their current organization, or pivot to another career, Dolan provides students with the necessary skills and resources needed to succeed.

Leadership Coaching by BetterManager

Fairfield Dolan has partnered with BetterManager to offer personalized leadership coaching for MBA and other graduate students. Aligning with our newly revised, highly customizable MBA curriculum, this leadership coaching program, via a competitive application process, will prepare students for their next phase of professional and career growth.

BetterManager leadership coaching supports Fairfield Dolan’s mission of developing ethical leaders and well-rounded persons by offering four personalized coaching sessions. The content of each session will complement the services offered by the Dolan Career Development Center and the Dolan Professional Development Series.

Professional Co-Op Programs with The Hartford and Synchrony

Fairfield Dolan has partnered with both The Hartford and Synchrony, two Fortune 500 companies, to develop co-op programs for graduate students, particularly those interested in the business analytics fields. These opportunities immerse Fairfield graduate students in a real-life work environment, working with employees as part of a team. The Programs offer flexible remote positions ranging from 35 – 40 hours per week during a 6 – 9 month engagement.

Paid Co-Op Program Student Benefits

  • Gain practical work experience in areas that complement students’ strengths, interests, and coursework
  • Actively learn and thrive as a responsible team member in the “real world”
  • Establish contacts in the workplace for networking and potential employment opportunities
  • Develop the marketable skills necessary for success in the workplace

Leadership coaching will focus on topics including:

  • A DiSC* assessment at the start of the program
  • How to develop a plan to become a leader at work
  • How to become a valued team leader
  • How to manage team(s) and people effectively
  • How to have difficult conversations and make difficult decisions
  • How to develop personal branding

*DiSC® is a personal assessment tool used by more than one million people every year to help improve teamwork, communication, and productivity in the workplace. DiSC is an acronym that stands for the four main personality profiles described in the DiSC model: (D)ominance, (i)nfluence, (S)teadiness, and (C)onscientiousness.

Dolan Student Success

98% of Dolan graduate students are employed within 90 days of graduation. Our alumni are employed at the following companies.

Dentsu International



Lockheed Martin

Otis Elevator Co
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Vineyard Vines

Archdiocese of Boston
Chatsworth Securities
Cronus Partners LLC
Legg Mason

Lumesis, Inc
Merrill Lynch

U.S. Bank
Webster Bank
Winged Keel Group


Friedman LLP
Grant Thornton LLP

Town of Fairfield

Barrington Media Group
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Edgewell Personal Care

Gannon University
Havas Media Group

Morgan Stanley
UnitedHealth Group
William & Mary

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