Finding the right career opportunity isn't only about what you know, it's also about
who you know. And fortunately, the College of HRSM is very well connected.
For students, this means that you're connected to industry leaders and a network of
professionals who can help position you for a successful career. For industry partners, it means that you can gain access to interns and prospective employees with industry-specific
skills and ambitions.
Connections Are Opportunities
Every connection represents an opportunity. Just ask Sarah Haile, a 2013 graduate
of Sport and Entertainment Management, whose passion is NASCAR. Her professors knew
Sarah well because she made herself at home in their offices on a weekly basis. As
a result, Sarah's name was top-of-mind when it came to identifying the right student
to help a NASCAR industry insider during a particularly busy race weekend.
I never imagined that 'a weekend thing' would have turned into a job because of using
– Sarah Haile, SPTE '13
"I never imagined that 'a weekend thing' would have turned into a job because of using
my connections," explains Sarah. "Having connections won't in and of itself always
get you the job, but it definitely helps open doors, and it's up to us to walk through
Sarah's exposure — and subsequent follow-up — with her new industry connections led
to her first internship. In turn, leveraging her internship connections helped her
land a professional position with a company where she was at a different NASCAR event
every weekend... living her dream.