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MetrotalentsCALLITALABEXPERIENCEFORLIFE.Buildacarfromscratchandraceitagainstteamsacrossthecountry.TraveltoHondurasandtreatresidentswithmedicalanddentalailments.Helplow-incomefamiliesacrossDetroitgetthemostoutoftheirtaxreturns.ThousandsofstudentschooseUniversityofMichigan-Dearborneveryyearbecausetheycangainexperienceoutsideoftheclassroomwhichresonateswithpotentialemployers.Wearedevelopingcreativepathwaysforstudentstoengageinvariousco-curricularactivitieswhichwillmakethemmoreemployablemovingforwardsaidTimDavis03B.B.A.06M.B.A.directorofiLabsUM-DearbornsCenterforInnovationResearch.ThatstheideabehindtheMetroTalentGateway.Connectstudentswithprofessionaldevelopmentopportunitiesthatbuildskillsandexperienceswhichinturnincreasesconfidenceandsuccessaftergraduation.TheGatewayslatedtolaunchthisyearwillincludethreephasesinvolvementleadershipandownership.Theinvolvementphasewillhelpstudentslearnteamdynamicsandexposethemtoavarietyofcareerpaths.Joinastudentorganization.Attendapaneldiscussion.Participateinacampusevent.Duringtheleadershipphasestudentscanseekcareercoachingattendresumeworkshopsandmanageeventsthatfallundertheinvolvementphase.Thisphasefocusesonbuildingstudentsdevelopmentaltoolkits.Thefinalphaseownershipwillrequirestudentstotakecontrolofanopportunity.Landaninternshiporco-op.Studentteach.Conductresearch.ThesearethetypesofskillsstudentswillutilizeintheirfirstjobDavissaid.StudentswhocompleteallthreephaseswillearnMetroTalentdesignation.SomeonewhocompletestheGatewaybrandsthemselvesasapragmaticmotivatedpersonwhowentaboveandbeyondthetraditionalclassroominstructiontogainvaluablereal-worldexperienceDavissaid.Duringaninterviewemployersarenotconcernedaboutthelistofclubsyouwerepartoftheyaremoreinterestedinhowyouutilizedopportunitiesoncampustogrow.Theyareseekingdiversetalents.MetroTalentifyouwill.CampusleadersplantobuildofftheexistingeffortsintheCollegeofBusinessCOBtocreatewaysforstudentsfromacrosscampustoconnectthroughprofessionaldevelopmentopportunities.StudentswhoearnaMetroTalentdesignationwillexcelinourever-growingentrepreneurialmarketplacebecauseoftheirinnovativeskillsandtalentsaswellastheirhighlevelofcareerpreparationsaidCOBDeanRajuBalakrishnan.Wearedevelopingcreativepathwaysforstudentstoengageinvariousco-curricularactivitieswhichwillmakethemmoreemployablemovingforward.TimDavis03B.B.A.06M.B.A.iLabsdirector16Fall2014EducationalInitiatives