HPU’s 97% career and continuing education ranking is 11 points above the national average.
HIGH POINT, N.C., March 17, 2020 – High Point University graduates continue to achieve success after they complete their HPU education. Data collected by HPU, in accordance with the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) standards, shows 97% of the Class of 2019 launched their careers or continued their education within six months of graduation, 11 points above the national average. The data is reflective of undergraduate and graduate degree recipients.
Intensely focused on life skills, HPU graduates enter the workforce with the characteristics employers want. Top companies, such as Google, recognize that life skills are the most valuable traits of their workforce (Google’s Top Characteristics of Success – 2013).
“HPU afforded me the opportunity to grow into the person I’m proud to have become,” says Rami Aoun, inside sales representative for Dell Technologies and a Class of 2019 graduate. “HPU has the resources to meet any and all students’ needs, and I am very thankful for this institution. The entire Office of Career and Professional Development was extremely helpful and patient throughout the job search.”
Student success is also fostered by HPU’s holistic learning environment, which includes the President’s Seminar on Life Skills for all freshmen; 1924 Prime, the university’s fine dining restaurant and learning lab; Project Discovery which helps students search for the right major; access to innovators, such as Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak, HPU’s Innovator in Residence; and Student Success Coaches. For more information regarding HPU’s approach to life skills, visit this website.
“High Point University is the premiere life skills university where students graduate with both the technical and life skills that they need to be immediately successful for their career,” says Dr. Stephanie Crofton, HPU’s vice president for Experiential Learning and Career Development. “That is why our students are in such demand with employers around the country, and why HPU has a phenomenal job and graduate school placement rate.”
“We’ve always had talented students from HPU,” says Mari Fujino, talent acquisition specialist for Kontoor Brands, Inc., the parent company for Wrangler, Lee and Rock & Republic denim brands. “They come with a lot of experience and a great educational background that we’re always looking for.”
How HPU Prepares Graduates:
— The Career and Internship Expo – This annual event brings employers to campus for a Q&A panel and an internship fair. During the panel, students receive insight into what top companies are looking for, as well as advice on how students can position themselves to be strong candidates. The event is a great opportunity for students of all majors and years to network and explore future internship opportunities.
— Niche career fairs. In collaboration with numerous academic schools and departments, HPU’s Career and Professional Development team hosts career fairs that target specific majors. This provides students a more personal opportunity to interface with employers specific to their area of study. This comes as an addition to a campus-wide career and internship expo looking for candidates held in the fall.
— The Office of Career and Professional Development assists students in landing impressive internships and full-time jobs with companies, including, Amazon, Facebook, Google, PwC, General Electric, the NBA, Ralph Lauren, Kate Spade, ADP, Ashley Furniture, Walt Disney World, Madison Square Garden, MLB, Pottery Barn, Gartner, Lenovo, SAS and many other prestigious organizations.
— The Life Skills and Executive Leadership Development Program is a distinctive way for students to experience a 360-degree view of a company, from entry-level positions to executive leadership roles. Candidates selected receive a top-to-bottom look at how a business operates.
— HPU engages parents, alumni and friends of the university through the Career Connectors program. Participants are invited to identify an existing internship at their place of employment, create a new internship or establish an endowed fund to assist students with the cost of living expenses associated with pursuing internships.
— Externship opportunities. Students completed an externship with the Dallas Mavericks by shadowing Cynt Marshall, team CEO and HPU’s Sports Executive in Residence. As part of the externship in the fall, students gained hands-on experience and learned what it takes to prepare the Mavericks for their home season opener against the Washington Wizards at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
—Peer Career Advisors help students with resume reviews, LinkedIn profiles and tips for finding internships during office drop-in hours. More than 700 students were assisted by Peer Career Advisors in the 2018-2019 academic year.
— The annual “HPU in the City” fall break trip that takes a group of students to New York City and Washington D.C. for two days of employer site visits, information sessions and networking.
— Career Advisors don’t wait for students to come to them, they go to the students. Members of the Office of Career and Professional Development delivered more than 200 presentations and workshops reaching more than 2,600 students in a variety of classes and clubs/organizations across campus during the 2018-2019 academic year.
Tips from HPU’s Career Team
— Dr. Bill Gentry, director of HPU’s Office of Career and Professional Development, is a leadership expert who specializes in inspiring and preparing the leaders of tomorrow. He is the author of dozens of articles on first-time managers and new leaders, and the bestselling book, “Be the Boss Everyone Wants to Work For: A Guide for New Leaders.” He prepares HPU students to be leaders in their future industries and communities by encouraging them to think less about “me” and more about “we” through one-on-one coaching sessions and a variety of talks, presentations and workshops.
— Embrace the journey. HPU students are encouraged to focus on their life skills development in a variety of ways. During their four years on campus, they hold multiple internships and part-time jobs. They volunteer, study abroad and serve in leadership roles.
— Prove your worth. HPU students are advised to engage “early and often” in career-related experiences outside of the classroom, with a focus on internships.
— Differentiate yourself. Students must know how to articulate their unique skills and experiences in an authentic manner on paper, online and especially in person.
— Get active on LinkedIn and download the student app. Students are reporting success finding full-time positions through LinkedIn’s job board feature. When offered, the “quick apply” option allows students to submit a LinkedIn profile in place of the traditional resume and cover letter, making complete and compelling LinkedIn profiles essential. LinkedIn just recently announced a new app, specifically designed for college students.
— Research your audience. HPU students research employers thoroughly before and during the interview process. With all of the online access to news, employers expect job candidates to be current on their organizations – what they do, who their competitors are, plans for growth, etc. Read recent blog posts and news releases, even on the day of the interview.
— Questions matter. Asking questions is an often overlooked element of a successful interview. Be prepared with thoughtful, relevant questions to ask during the interview.
— Never stop networking. It’s always in the best interest of students to keep conversations going with industry professionals. Informational interviewing is a great way to stay abreast of industry trends as well as create meaningful connections for future opportunities.
— Video interviews are becoming more popular with employers because they save both time and money during initial screening of candidates. These are one-way interviews where applicants record their responses to prompts and are screened based on their digital first impression. Preparation and practice are essential to success.
— Tap into employer referral programs. Many companies offer financial incentives to their employees for successful referrals, so connecting with successful alumni is an effective strategy.