Polishing Student Professionalism


Zeigler Institute for Professional Development

Becoming a professional is a process that takes time. The ZIPD Elite Program helps students gain a competitive advantage in today’s job market by allowing them opportunities to practice professionalism in a “safe” environment where they can develop qualities employers’ desire. No other PASSHE school offers this type of comprehensive, holistic, high-impact program for students to LEARN, EXPERIENCE, GROW and DEMONSTRATE professionalism.

Some characteristics of professionalism are:

  • Grit
  • Empathy
  • Enthusiasm
  • Responsiveness
  • Positive Mindset
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Depth and Breadth of Knowledge

Preparing for Success

Figure 1: Employers Rate the Essential Need of the Career Readiness Competencies
Competencies Weighted Average Rating
Critical Thinking/Problem Solving 4.62
Teamwork 4.56
Professionalism/Work Ethic 4.46
Oral/Written Communication 4.30
Leadership 3.82
Digital Technology 3.73
Career Management 3.46
Global/Multicultural Fluency 3.01


Source: Job Outlook 2018, National Association of Colleges and Employers. *5-point scale, where 1=Not essential, 2=Not very essential, 3=Somewhat essential, 4=essential, 5=Absolutely essential.

Employer Quotes

“For the first time this year, I’m noticing students are using ZIPD on their resumes; it tells me that they believe it is a selling point worthy of mention on the one page they have to talk about themselves. ZIPD provides so many real-life tangible business experiences and connections.

I’m a fan and I thank you so much for all you do.”

Crystal Skotedis, Director, Boyer Ritter, LLC

Crystal Skotedis

“I am very humbled and deeply honored to be able to give back to students’ the same way so many alumni did for me when I was at BU. I truly believe in the power that ZIPD has to be able to positively influence student lives. I know it certainly did for me."

Scott Hendershott '15, Portfolio Investment Analyst, The Vanguard Group, Inc.