By: Kellie McLeod, Career Advisor
Career and Professional Development will continue to have exceptional student leaders serving as Peer Career Advisors (PCAs), and this year, the PCA program has a more professional attitude as a result of the highly visible dedicated space at the Career Bar inside our office on the first floor of beautiful Cottrell Hall. For the 2015-2016 school year, our six PCAs are:
- Gina Palombi, a returning PCA and senior from Bridgewater, New Jersey, majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Event Management;
- Abby Goodman, a returning PCA and senior from Madison, Connecticut, double majoring in International Business and Chinese;
- Brandon Sloan, a junior from Oakland, Michigan majoring in Accounting with minors in Finance and Mathematics;
- Whitney Brown, a sophomore from Newport, North Carolina, majoring in Actuarial Science with minors in Statistics and Finance;
- Anne Davey, a senior from Southold, New York, majoring in Political Science and International Relations with minors in Finance and Global Commerce; and
- Haley McKeown, a junior from Raleigh, North Carolina, majoring in Sport Management.
The focus of the PCA program is to increase student awareness and usage of Career and Professional Development; to give students a competitive edge as they interact with peers who have substantive work experience and are highly regarded as role models; and to creatively and collaboratively work as an extension of the professional staff.
PCAs will promote Career and Professional Development by speaking with current students and prospective students/parents at campus events. Examples of events include Career Connections Week, which is coming up the week of September 21, our fall and spring Career Expos (the fall Expo will soon be here on September 30), the Student Support Services Fair, Admissions Open Houses, and Admissions Early Registration events.
Additionally, PCAs will hold “Drop-In Hours” to meet individually with students to offer career-related assistance and encourage students to see the importance of deciding earlier rather than later on a career path. Specifically, PCAs will assist students with informational interviewing/job shadowing, networking, researching internship and/or job opportunities, and reviewing resumes. PCAs also have been trained on appropriately referring students to the professional staff in our office.
Gina Palombi, who worked for the second consecutive summer as a Corporate Outreach (special events and development) intern with the American Diabetes Association’s New Jersey chapter, is glad to be returning this year.
“What I love most about being a PCA is helping to change students’ mindsets on what Career and Professional Development provides,” says Palombi. “Meeting with a PCA is often a first step into our department for students, so opening their eyes to all the ways we can help is exciting to me. I want to help students realize what they are capable of professionally.”
Abby Goodman interned this summer at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in their global operations and sales departments. She says, “I encourage students to make connections and network, which makes landing internships so much easier… that is how I got all of mine.”
HPU students are very fortunate to have these high-achieving peers offering such valuable and important input. We hope that you will encourage your son or daughter to connect with Career and Professional Development and talk with one or more of the PCAs. PCA Drop-In Hours will be posted and updated often on our webpage.