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.

2018 PDI: February 16th-18th 

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."

"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 2015

PDI Schedule

Sample PDI schedule from January 2017

Sunday, January 15, 2017

12-5pm
Move back in to dorms

5-8pm | Tiger Inn
Check-in 5-8pm | Tiger Inn
Get in the Game - football & food

Monday, January 16, 2017

9am
Breakfast available
9:30-9:45am
Welcome & Introductions

9:45-10:30am
Keynote Speaker

10:30-10:45am
Break
10:45am-12 noon
You're Hired! A panel of recruiters and alumni discussing various topics:

  • Social media (in the workplace, and using it to get ahead)
  • Interviewing and debunking the hiring process
  • Navigating generation gaps & gender differences in the workplace
  • What they really want to see in new hires and interns
  • A chance for YOU to ask questions

12-1pm
Lunch
1-1:15pm
Travel

1:15-2:45pm
Senior Only Session: Dealing with the Pressure of Getting a Job NOW
with Bill Smith and Scott Anderson '10 Underclassmen Session: Poised & Prepared: Lessons of a Liberal Arts Education
with Bryan Horner '03

2:45-3:45pm
Break on your own; get ready for evening

3:45-5pm
Industry Roundtables, Networking Reception & LinkedIn photo booth
Meet & Greet with alumni and guests, and get your professional photo taken for use on LinkedIn and other media

5-6:30pm
Enjoy a formal dinner with alumni and guests 6:30
Dessert Reception

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Time on your own to get books and get ready for classes - don't forget to Matriculate online!