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Skill Development and Mentoring

Build Your Professional Competencies

In today’s rapidly evolving business environment with ever-advancing technologies, one thing remains constant: the need for effective business competencies. Leadership, teamwork, networking, presentation skills, cultural competency, and the like are necessary requirements of nearly all job descriptions or, at the very least, required for advancement after securing one’s first job.

Stuart School of Business provides opportunities for students to gain, practice, and demonstrate these abilities via a wide range of professional development offerings. Whether one-on-one or in a group, online or in the classroom, during the week or on weekends, our students have numerous options to become increasingly job-ready starting from their first day at Stuart.

Curt Allee
Curt Allee

Assistant Dean for Academic Administration and Student Success
Adjunct Instructor, Stuart School of Business
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CQA Investment Challenge 2024-Stuart team

Stuart School of Business student teams have an impressive record of success in regional, national, and international business competitions, where they put their knowledge and problem-solving skills to the test.

Photo: The team of Stuart students that won second place in the 2023–24 CQA Investment Challenge, with faculty advisor Associate Professor of Finance Ricky Cooper.

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Stuart Investments

Stuart Investments for hands-on experience for Finance students

Learn by doing in Stuart Investments (SI), the student-led organization where you can gain valuable experience in equity research, valuation modeling, and portfolio management.

SI activities include training in investment fundamentals, working in teams to prepare buy/sell recommendations, and presentations by professional investment managers. SI is open to all undergraduate and graduate Illinois Tech students.

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Advancing Career and Education (ACE)

Stuart’s innovative ACE Program helps students develop the business competencies that can give them a competitive edge in applying for internships and jobs.

More than 100 Chicago-based organizations have worked with the Stuart School through its unique ACE Program to accomplish their organizational goals. By partnering with ACE, organizations benefit from having a team of bright, motivated students from multiple disciplines to help find solutions to business issues and assist with researching, analyzing, or creating new opportunities.

Advancing Career and Education (ACE)

Stuart Board of Advisors Mentoring Program

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This program pairs Stuart undergraduate and graduate students for individual mentoring throughout the academic year by business executives from the Stuart School of Business Board of Advisors. Students may apply to be selected for this program.

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