Professional experiences consist of any interaction with industry, individuals, or their work setting. In education, theory is the primary source of educational experiences. Teachers give lectures and students study class materials. Projects and simulations, like the firm simulation, give students a taste of real-world activities, although still theoretical.
Professional experiences are intended to motivate, inspire, and provide depth and meaning of a career to the students. These professional experiences include, but are not limited to guest speakers, field trips, job shadows, extended shadowships, academic internships, or paid internship/on-the-job training. Each offers a different level of commitment by an industry firm, and is flexible and easy to break ground and get started.