HR student finds perfect career opportunity
Shujie (Suki) Fang came to Purdue from China with a background in information and computing science. She's leaving with a degree in the Master of Science in Human Resource Management (MSHRM) program and headed to Cummins in Columbus, Indiana, where she will serve as a learning and development specialist.
"Purdue's highlight on quantitative skills intrigued me," Suki says. "It was the only school I looked at that combined comprehensive HR expertise and business acumen."
Suki made the most of her time at Purdue. In addition to her classroom work, she served as Vice President of Internal Affairs for the Society of Human Resource Management Purdue Chapter and as Co-president of the Management Volunteer Program. She also took the opportunity to spend her last module studying at the GISMA Business School in Hannover, Germany.
"Krannert student clubs offered me the opportunity to visit world-class companies and build my network," she says. "Being a board member in professional and volunteer clubs developed my leadership skills and kept me involved in the local community.
"The GISMA experience offered me the chance to explore different cultures and exposed me to global business styles. My future manager at Cummins works closely with the business in Germany, so my exposure there will definitely be a plus for my career."
Suki obtained an internship at Cummins through the Krannert Professional Development Center. She says the company's strong ties with Purdue and the Krannert School proved invaluable in her job search.
"I benefitted from alumni who gave me valuable tips for interviewing and how to stand out in the internship. I received my full-time offer right after the internship. My career goal is to maximize people's potential and help individuals achieve self-actualization though work. In order to get there, I should learn how to build an HR system to attract, retain and motivate talent from a business perspective," she says.
Suki says the work at Krannert was challenging, but rewarding.
"There are so many resources available, but you need to reach out for yourself," she says. "Taking advantage of the diversity of the Krannert student body and the global involvement provided by the School has been priceless for both my career and my personal improvement."