HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 26, 2016 – When it comes to career preparation, High Point University students have phenomenal resources on their campus, including numerous faculty mentors and an office of Career and Professional Development staffed with career advisors.
They also have opportunities for development all over the world, thanks to experiential programs like HPU in the City.
During the university’s fall break, a group of students traveled to New York City to visit some of the world’s top employers and get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to work for those companies.
Students visited Bloomberg Financial, Goldman Sachs, Fox Television, PVH Corp. and Hollis Taggart Art Galleries. Their journey included tours of the former NYMEX Trading Floor, Fox News studios and a Calvin Klein showroom, meetings with company CEOs and presidents, insight into their hiring processes and a networking event with successful alumni who’ve established careers in New York.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity we had to learn more about companies I had not even thought of as possibilities for my future,” says Dallas native Kaitlyn Doshier, a junior visual merchandising major. “I really stepped out of my comfort zone through talking to business professionals as well as talking to alumni who work at these impressive companies. I learned how to ask important questions and gained confidence during our networking event.”
They were accompanied by members of HPU’s Career and Professional Development and Office of Institutional Advancement, who lead the program.
“This trip speaks volumes about our university’s commitment to career preparation for our students,” says Bridget Holcombe, director of Career and Professional Development. “Introducing them to major leaders in New York is one example of how we give our students a winning edge and the ability to compete in a constantly changing marketplace.”
This is the program’s second year. Last year, students also visited Ralph Lauren, Jordan Edmiston Group Inc. and Specialist Staffing Group.
“We know our students will go on to attain stellar internships and job offers thanks, in part, to this program,” says Chris Dudley, senior vice president for Institutional Advancement. “Our strong alumni and family network is a big factor in that. We have many people in the HPU family who provided incredible mentorship to our students.”