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How Cal State San Marcos Is Turning Students Into Professionals

The Cal State San Marcos campus is shown, Feb. 8, 2018.

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Above: The Cal State San Marcos campus is shown, Feb. 8, 2018.

How Cal State San Marcos Is Turning Students Into Professionals

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Mark James, executive in residence, Cal State San Marcos Business Professional Development Program

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Mark James, executive in residence for the Business Professional Development program at Cal State San Marcos, is pictured in an undated photo.

The labor force of tomorrow is in college today. But translating college courses, or even majors, into practical careers is not always easy.

A new Business Professional Development program at Cal State San Marcos has business leaders teaching undergraduate students the skills of interviewing, resume writing, developing a network and other aspects of professional conduct and business etiquette.

Mark James, founder and principal of Hire Consulting, is one of the "executives in residence" leading the program. He says that while the new program is launching this fall, students who participated in a pilot program have already seen success.

"The mock interview training that we put them through and the resume development and the LinkedIn profiles that they've optimized have really paid off and have helped these business professional development students get more attention and be considered and offered internships which turn into full-time jobs," James said.

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