"I would recommend others to participate [in the PDI] because it's really hard to know where to start and what steps to take in planning your future without some formal guidance."
- Kyle Hart '16, PDI 2014
Five Hampden-Sydney students network and dine with Alumnus Adam O'Donnell '12, owner of Quantifize, at the PDI 2014 Etiquette Dinner
Each January, just prior to classes resuming, the Career Education Office offers the Professional Development Institute. The PDI is a 2-day event in which select students are invited to participate in a variety of professional development activities, including their choice of breakout sessions, a formal dinner, keynote speakers, and networking with Hampden-Sydney alumni and peers. Topics covered in January 2014 include everything from resume and cover letter writing 101, marketing a liberal arts education, to branding yourself, and personal finance and investing after college.
"The Professional Development Institute was a great experience. I will carry many of the lessons I learned in those two days for the rest of my life. The program had a great mix of different aspects of life after college. Meeting alumni, learning business etiquette, and learning how to build your personal brand were just a few of the valuable parts PDI had to offer. It definitely got me thinking about my career and I have had a different level of focus ever since."
- James Hughes '15, PDI 2014
A student's perspective on The Inaugural Professional Development Institute at Hampden-Sydney, 2013
Chris Gergen, author of Life Entrepreneurs, speaks with 2013 PDI participants about finding your passion in a career