Fall Orientation and Leadership Conference - Leavenworth 2015
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Bellevue DECA at the Collegiate DECA 2015 International Career Development Conference

What We Do

We spend a great deal of time at our Bellevue DECA chapter preparing for competition, but the team does much more than just attend tournaments. Developing leadership skills, mentoring others, and giving back to the community help students mature into successful business leaders.

Officers

Bellevue DECA team members have the opportunity to step up and demonstrate their leadership potential by serving as an officer to the chapter. While this approach of providing students a great deal of autonomy can be nerve-wracking to both them and the faculty adviser, there's no better way to identify the type of organization and work role that best fits each of our young entrepreneurs.

Group Sessions

Officers act as mentors for prospective and current DECA and Speech members by providing group coaching sessions every quarter, for events across both teams. This is a great way to help others while learning key lessons about managing resources and providing advice. Officers are able to work on their leadership skills while ensuring continuous team growth by helping our members build their presentation skills.

Community Activities

Participating in community activities and finding opportunities to give back to those in need helps build character, but it also teaches students important lessons about partnerships and legal concerns when working with others. Perhaps even more important is the discovery of what events make the most impact in relation to the time put into the activity.

Career Counseling and Advancement

Bellevue College students that participate in DECA also get more personalized attention on career counseling, including help identifying internships, scholarships, networking events, and ideas on how to differentiate themselves in a competitive work landscape.  We measure our success at Bellevue DECA not just by how well we do in competition, but by the successful transition of students into successful graduates pursuing meaningful careers, playing leadership roles in the community, and serving as role models for the next generation of DECA participants.

We all know or have heard, how difficult it can be after college finally diving into your new career. Not just finding jobs, but actually landing them can be difficult and nerve-wracking if you're not prepared.

While being part of Bellevue DECA doesn't guarantee a job, it is a truly great opportunity to get prepared. It provides the chance to practice skills that you absolutely need in the workplace, that you likely would not get from the classroom; that includes thinking on your feet in tense situations, learning how to act in professional circumstances, and how to give presentations that keep your audience interested.

But it's not just a chance to learn, it's a chance to build a network both of your peers at school and also of judges and other career professionals you'll meet throughout your DECA journey. Having a network of people you can rely on once out of school can be of enormous help, not only straight out of school but far, far into your career.