Reports published by media outlets across the nation document the skills gap with which new hires are struggling, as highlighted in a sampling of headlines on these pages. Employers are looking for graduates who are prepared to be coachable, communicate with others different from themselves, build relationships, be adaptable and navigate complex problems. HPU answers the call.
“Every organization wants to maximize revenue generation and constantly develop new ways to impact their specific market. They can’t do it without employees and leaders that are coachable: open to learning, feedback, reflection and accountability.”
- INC. MAGAZINE
Employers want new hires who are coachable, and a lack of coachability has been noted as the number one reason new hires fail. If you want to be coachable, you have to practice being coached.
At HPU, coaching for students begins before they arrive to campus. Each freshman is paired with their own Success Coach, a professional staff member who offers guidance, wise counsel and encouragement, as soon as students enroll at HPU.
Further coaching is seen in the mentorship students receive from faculty and staff members. HPU students benefit from an ecosystem of mentorship and support.
From career advisors, to faculty advisors, peer mentors and even club sports, which have their own professional coaches, there is no shortage of opportunities for constructive feedback.
No one in life gets far without the help of others. HPU understands this. That’s why the university has forged a culture where students are surrounded by coaches who care.
Your personal Success Coach is your guide through your transitional journey into college life. They will help you identify the best major for you, construct a path to achieve your goals and lend academic support when needed. Here’s a glimpse at the other important roles your Success Coach will play throughout your freshman year at HPU.
Life Coach: When incoming freshmen arrive on campus, they experience a variety of emotions. Because it’s often their first time away from home, students feel the need to quickly find their place at HPU. Success Coaches answer that call. Your Success Coach will encourage you to find your own niche on campus, as well as ways that you can apply and pursue your passions.
University Liaison: Your Success Coach will help you make connections with faculty and staff on campus. They can refer you to Career Services, Student Life, Counseling Services, Financial Aid and other offices on campus to ensure that you receive the support and encouragement you need.
Activities Coordinator: Your Success Coach will assist in the implementation of programs and services designed to promote academic, personal and social/emotional success. They will encourage you to get involved in clubs, intramural sports or other campus activities as a means of staying engaged beginning your first year.
Nationally, an estimated 50 percent of students enter college undecided on their major. In addition, an estimated 75 percent of students change their major at least once before graduating.
It’s not a job interview but instead an exchange between a professional and an HPU student, where the student asks questions about the professional’s career path and seeks advice about the most effective strategies for entering the field. Students are able to relate the professional’s experience to today’s job market and use the professional’s feedback for their own benefit.
At the start of the fall semester, students are invited to connect with national and international employers during the annual Career and Internship Expo. With resumes in hand, students network with hiring managers and industry professionals looking to fill full-time and internship positions. Many students leave the event with interviews secured for the coming days.
These tailored events are held for students in specific majors seeking employment and internships. For example, major broadcasters and public relations firms come to campus to recruit communication students, and the “Meet the Firms” event attracts major accounting firms to campus. Students meet individually with professionals and use the opportunity to network and receive coaching from potential future employers.
Before you can sell anything, you have to sell yourself. That’s where HPU’s Sales Club comes in. Led by Professor Larry Quinn, you’ll learn how to seize networking opportunities while testing yourself in real-world settings like the airplane fuselage in Cottrell Hall. You’ll graduate prepared to take advantage of chance encounters by articulating your talents at a moment’s notice. On a plane, in a line, at a table or in a car — you’ll never miss an opportunity to network.
Not after years of being part of HPU’s environment. Top companies provide dynamic environments for their employees because it creates excellence. HPU has done the same for its students. Cottrell Hall, for example, is modeled after Silicon Valley. The Wilson School of Commerce features a grand lobby and live stock ticker, similar to a real financial firm.
You will be with the help of HPU’s Belk Center for Entrepreneurship. The center provides individualized assistance, Shark Tank-style business plan competitions, and access to innovators to help you advance your venture. It also includes impressive board room settings where you can practice and perfect your pitch.
“Emotional intelligence (EQ or EI) is one of the strongest indicators of success in business. Why? EQ is not only the ability to identify and manage your own emotions, but it’s also the ability to recognize the emotions of others… And according to Talent Smart, 90% of high performers in the work place possess high EQ, while 80% of low performers have low EQ. Simply put, your emotional intelligence matters.”
It begins in the President’s Seminar on Life Skills, a required course for all freshmen. The course is taught by HPU President Nido Qubein, a serial entrepreneur, business leadership consultant and author. In their first semester, students learn about relational capital, the art and science of persuasion, communication skills and more of the life skills that help ensure students grow their emotional intelligence and chart a path for success.
“Your outlook upon life, estimate of yourself and estimate of your value are largely colored by your environment. Your whole career will be modified, shaped and molded by your surroundings and the character of the people with whom you come into contact every day.”
- Orison Swett Marden, founder of Success Magazine
The Wilson School of Commerce lobby resembles the lobby of a Fortune 500 company. When students land their job interview, they’ll feel at home in that environment. The Tilley Trading Room features a live stock ticker and trading software. Executive boardrooms allow students to present themselves in a corporate setting. The Human Biomechanics and Physiology Lab is one of the most unique labs in the country. And TV studios equipped with state-of-the-art technology prepare graduates for competitive newsrooms.
HPU buzzes with the news of industry leaders visiting campus throughout the year. When students meet and learn from these accomplished leaders, something beautiful happens: they discover the art of the possible. The simple lesson learned: “I can do it.”
Students have learned from change agents such as Netflix Co-Founder Marc Randolph, HPU’s Entrepreneur in Residence; Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak, HPU’s Innovator in Residence; Condoleezza Rice, 66th Secretary of State; Josh Groban, internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter and actor; Wolf Blitzer, CNN’s lead political anchor and anchor of “The Situation Room;” Gen. Colin Powell, former Secretary of State, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and national security advisor; NASA Astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin; and many others.
Flags from more than 52 nations fly along the Gene and Jane Kester International Promenade to honor each international student’s home country. Along its brick pathways, quotations selected by faculty provide ideas for reflection. Sculptures of significant historical figures inspire students to pursue their goals. The Mariana H. Qubein Arboretum and Botanical Gardens bring holistic learning to life throughout campus.
The HPU campus thrives on connection. There’s the Activities Fair, during which students get connected with clubs and causes that interest them. There are Greek organizations, which present leadership and service opportunities.
There are guest lectures, concerts, theatre performances, art exhibits and more to expose the HPU family and the community to the arts. There are 16 Division 1 athletic events to attend, dozens of intramural teams and 30 club sports teams on which to participate.
These opportunities exist to teach students to thrive in collaborative environments, to build relationships and connect the dots wherever they go.
“When people are in a fixed mindset, they believe their basic talents, abilities and intelligence are fixed traits—they have a certain amount, and that’s it. But, in a growth mindset, people understand that talent and abilities can be developed through hard work, learning new strategies, and help from others. This is an empowering belief.”
- Carol Dweck, Stanford Professor
“Almost every current business is being partially driven by some form of technology. As modern businesses become increasingly reliant on up-to-the-minute technology to enhance their competitive edge, CEOs must be able to — at the very least — have a working knowledge of the technology on which their companies so heavily rely.”
- The New York Times
HPU’s goal of preparing students for world as it is going to be, not as it is, means staying ahead of the technological curve with up-to-date, state-of-the-art facilities.
The Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy contains state-of-the-art laboratory space to train the next generation of health care providers.