HIGH POINT, N.C., March 14, 2014 – Spencer Warren approached HPU’s Career Expo on March 13 with a plan in mind – to find his future employer.
The senior, dressed in business attire with resumes in hand, networked with nearly 70 companies that attended the event to find a place where he could launch his career. Not only did he find several promising opportunities, including a company that offered him a job interview next week, but he also gained experience in networking and presenting himself as a professional to multiple employers at once.
“This puts into perspective what we as students will face after graduation,” said Warren. “We’ll have to go out and talk to new people that we don’t know. We’ll have to make a good impression. Having this event gives us an outside experience right here on our own campus.”
Companies such as Cintas, Northwestern Mutual, Make A Wish Foundation, Ralph Lauren and the FBI discussed future career paths and internship opportunities with students at the event, held in the Slane Student Center.
Cintas, a company with offices in Greensboro, Raleigh and Charlotte, brought an HPU graduate who they had hired to the career expo. Because the graduate, Melvin Crowder, had made a positive impact at the company, they were interested in recruiting more HPU graduates.
“We have hired HPU graduates before, and they are rock stars,” said Olga Jamison, human resources manager for Cintas. “They work well with our partners and have wonderful skills. We came here today to find more rock stars.”
The event is held at least twice a year on campus by HPU’s Office of Career and Internship Services to match students with prestigious internships and job opportunities.
“At yesterday’s expo, we received many compliments on the quality of our students from a broad mix of employers,” says Bridget Holcombe, director of the office. “Our students are always very professional in the presentation of themselves, their attire and so much more. We add new companies each year so that our students can continue to achieve great things after they graduate from HPU.”