With another successful commencement behind us, recent High Point University graduates are preparing to commence prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one extraordinary senior from the Class of 2016:
Name: Jacqueline Reilly
Hometown: Norfolk, Massachusetts
Post-graduation plans: Reilly accepted a position as a Business Account Development Representative at Wayfair, an e-commerce furniture company, in Boston, Massachusetts. In her position, Reilly develops new business by engaging and enrolling prospective customers. I will assist my team by growing and maintaining existing relationships with accounts through pre-generate leads.
How HPU helped you get there: “I felt like I was always learning during my years at HPU – whether it was inside or outside of the classroom. Due to the small classroom sizes, my professors were always checking up on me and there if I had questions. I felt like everyone I met on campus was genuinely concerned about my success and was there to help me succeed. Through my personal experiences interning, volunteering, being a member of Greek life, and through other leadership positions I held on campus, I felt like I really developed my communication, networking and relationship building skills. These skills, among many others, are definitely important each day in the career I have in the business world today. HPU truly provided me with a ‘holistic education’ by incorporating the learning experiences in all aspects of my life.
I took advantage of the Career and Professional Development services during all of my four years at HPU. During my senior year, I met with my career advisor, Doug Hall, each month over my LinkedIn, resume, and to practice interviewing techniques. When it came time to apply for positions and interview during my senior year, I felt confident going through the interview process because of the tools my career advisor provided me with.”
Most impactful mentor at HPU: “Professor Phil Watson and Professor Larry Quinn were both impactful during my years at HPU. I developed many real-world career skills through Professor Quinn’s sales class, many of which I apply to my position at Wayfair today. Professor Watson provided me with lots of positive encouragement through the different communication classes I took with him and was a valuable resource who helped me with different questions related to classes or applying for jobs.”
Most impactful moment at HPU: “Though networking with HPU alumnae, I was able to get a job working in a sales position for a furniture company during High Point Furniture Market. The experiences I gained and skills I developed through this position definitely helped me stand out in my interview process with Wayfair, the largest furniture e-commerce company.”
Advice for underclassmen: “Get involved in any way possible! HPU makes it really easy to stay active on campus through the opportunities they provide students with. I really made an effort to learn and network both inside and outside during my time at HPU. Some of the most valuable experiences I had during college were with my internships, job, volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters, or with different organizations I was involved with on campus.”