Less than 30 days of classes have passed since the academic year kicked off at High Point University, and students have already had numerous career development opportunities right here on our campus. Here’s a peek at the top six:
1 Direct access to HPU’s President. Like all incoming freshmen, students’ career development started with the President’s Seminar on Life Skills during their first week of class. In the seminar, HPU President Nido Qubein delivers lessons on relational capitol, the art and science of persuasion, communication skills, and many more of the life skills that help ensure students chart a path for success. Reflecting on their freshman year, many HPU graduates cite the President’s Seminar on Life Skills as a catalyst for their personal and professional transformation.
2 Meeting their number one fan. Since their first moments on campus, students have also been meeting with their Success Coach, a professional staff member who offers guidance, wise counsel and encouragement. Success Coaches serve as a student’s life coach, university liaison and activities coordinator. They are experts in a student’s chosen field of study, but they also guide students who may not yet know their preferred major through HPU’s Project Discovery, an eight-step program that’s designed to uncover a student’s academic passion. Success Coaches connect students with faculty and staff on campus who will further their career development during and beyond their freshman year.
3 Straight from the source. Only one week into classes, HPU’s Career and Professional Development Office hosted an Internship Panel featuring HPU students who have completed internships at Tesla, The NBA, Volvo, Madison Square Garden Company, The TODAY Show, and many other prestigious organizations. The event was one of dozens throughout the school year designed to better prepare students for their future. Those who attended furthered their professional development by gaining insider knowledge on how to land competitive positions.
4 Connecting with global representatives on campus. The Department of Sport Management brought David Brody, the NBA’s director of global marketing, to campus for a career and professional development seminar. HPU senior Cassandra Diaz interned with Brody at the NBA during the summer and invited him to speak to her fellow students on campus after learning much from him. Brody discussed the importance of personal initiative, work ethic and relationship building skills when it comes to launching a career in the field.
“When I was in college, I made a commitment to schedule two, 15-minute meetings per week with people working in the field I wanted to go into,” Brody told the students. “This allowed me to learn so much and network with so many people. One of the questions I always asked them was, ‘Who do you know that I should know?’ That allowed me to keep making connections.”
5 Submitting applications for HPU in the City. Each semester, a network of HPU alumni and parents provide mentorship and insight into career exploration during trips to metropolitan areas such as Washington D.C. and New York City. During the university’s Fall and Spring breaks, some of the nation’s top employers have hosted a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to be a successful intern and employee. HBO, Ralph Lauren and Bloomberg are just a few of the organizations that students explore during the trip. Applications for taking part in the trip opened during students’ first weeks on campus!
6 Research Rookies interest meeting. Students took part in a kick-off meeting for HPU’s Research Rookies, a program that works to incorporate students into the university’s culture of research and creative work early in their undergraduate careers. Early involvement in research or creative works at HPU helps students build unique credentials that distinguish them from the two million students they will graduate alongside and compete with for jobs or entrance into graduate and professional schools!