HR Career Panel features professional minors

The third installment of the Professional Minors Career Panel Series will be a Human Resources Career Panel on April 16 at 5 p.m. in Rockland Center Conference Room A.

Career panels such as this one help students learn about the variety of careers options through their major and professional minors. (Photo by Wornden Ly)

According to Sue Gordon, vice president of Career Services, a professional minor is a sequence of four courses that add up to a specialized minor and is associated with a specific professional career track.

The university currently offers five professional minors: entrepreneurship and small business development; management and organization leadership; software design and coding; human resources; and commercial real estate. They are designed to offer students a career-focused complement to their major.

The Human Resources Career Panel will include five experienced human resource professionals. Each professional will discuss their journey in the field of human resources, telling how and why they started a career in the field, offer advice and more.

Gordon explained that she contacted fellow alumni and Stevenson University employers for the panel because it helps students network and connect with potential future employers.

Human resources professionals often plan events, advise management about policies and personnel, help engage and manage talent and work to build organizational culture, according to Forbes magazine.

As a faculty moderator of the panel, Anna Kayes, professor of business, will facilitate a discussion with the panelists about their work in human resource management. She said, “Managing human resources is about leveraging human capital, the greatest asset that any organization possesses, and the panelists will share this directly.”

According to Kayes, this is one of the unique opportunities where Stevenson University brings employers and other professionals to connect directly with students.

Students should come prepared to ask questions, said Kayes, since when the panel discussion has concluded, students can participate in a question-and-answer session.

Students within any major at the university are welcome to attend the event.

According to the Stevenson portal, students can RSVP for the Human Resources Career Panel under “Events” on Handshake at

Students who have registered for a professional minor are eligible to get sponsored internships and priority registration for professional minor site visits.

For more information about the career panel or professional minors, visit the Office of Career Services located in Wooded Way open Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30 p.m. or contact the professionals there through campus email at

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