What is CAFLS PLUS?
CAFLS PLUS is a new program to offer professional development activities to CAFLS sophomores, juniors and seniors by taking advantage of faculty, staff, and alumni expertise, as well as resources from within the local and statewide business and higher education networks. CAFLS PLUS will enhance student success by offering a program to better prepare students for finding jobs and succeeding in their careers and in life.
CAFLS PLUS programs and workshops will give students exposure to some of the skills that we don’t teach but that will help them to be successful. These are often referred to as “soft skills.”
What are “soft skills?”
Soft skills are those used by a person to properly interact with others. The term generally refers to one’s ability to get along with others and be a collaborative team player while getting the job done. These interpersonal skills include everything from communication, networking and listening to attitude and deportment. Effective interpersonal skills are often required for many positions and promotions in an organization and are essential for leadership.
Who is eligible?
CAFLS PLUS is targeted to CAFLS sophomores, juniors and seniors. Some programs, like the Personal Finance series, will appeal to a broader audience. If space is available, others may attend, especially freshmen, graduate students and even faculty and staff.
How did CAFLS PLUS get started?
For the past several years, Tom Scott, PhD, and Dean of the College of Agriculture, Forestry & Life Sciences (CAFLS), has recognized the need to help aspiring graduates be more competitive for the highly sought after jobs that they have been educated for. Dean Scott envisioned a comprehensive and well-marketed program that would give students the extra knowledge, insight and skills needed to be the job candidates that employers want to hire. He began referring to this program as CAFLS PLUS.
‘We need to give students skills that we do not teach but that are critical success factors in their careers and personal lives,” said Scott.
These skills are often referred to as soft skills, as defined above, although CAFLS PLUS is much more than just those skills. The program will offer exposure to industry professionals who will give students an inside look at what the job opportunities are for their chosen major. Seniors especially will be able to take advantage of programs on business dining etiquette, how to dress properly, resumé writing specific to their major, skills and tips for successful job interviews, experiences that will make them comfortable in professional situations, and even a personal finance program to start them on the right track.
What are the goals of the CAFLS PLUS program?
CAFLS PLUS goals are:
· To provide a program to deliver to CAFLS students skills to give them a competitive advantage in finding jobs and beginning their careers.
· To enhance services offered by the Bookhart Student Services Center.
· To work closely with Bookhart Student Services Center to ensure the quality and quantity of programs offered through CAFLS PLUS.
· To qualify CAFLS PLUS as an official Clemson University certificate program.
How much does it cost?
All CAFLS PLUS programs are free.
What about a leadership program?
Additional CAFLS PLUS programs will be added in the fall, including a one-credit hour seminar on leadership development with Tom Scott, PhD as instructor-of-record. The course will be offered as pass/fail based on participation. The class will be offered on Friday afternoons at 12:00 pm.