The Ferguson Career Center hosts the Professional Development Institute (PDI), a 2-day event in which students participate in a variety of professional development activities, including a recruiter panel, industry roundtables, breakout sessions, a formal dinner, keynote speakers, and networking with Hampden-Sydney alumni, parents, and friends of the 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
" I thoroughly enjoyed the industry round-table discussion segment. I was able to speak with professionals from sales and insurance, as well as some from consulting and management. It was good to hear the professionals' backgrounds in order to gain a better understanding of what path I need to take in order to gain entry into such an industry. All of the sessions were incredibly useful and relevant. I thought the whole day was very well thought out and organized. The material taught was not only useful, but it was taught in a professional and entertaining atmosphere." - Todd Edstrom '16, PDI 2016
"I learned far more about the perspectives of interviewers and potential employers, while gaining insight into several different career possibilities."