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Purdue Master's

Spotlight : Student Global Leader

Elizabeth GerberMSHRM First-Year
West Lafayette, Indiana

Why should a prospective student choose the Krannert School?

A prospective student should choose Krannert because it provides all of the essential skills a business professional will need to succeed. Krannert provides exceptional global opportunities, smart and experienced classmates, and a great network of alumni and company connections.

What extracurricular clubs are you involved in at Krannert and how have they contributed to your experience?

I am involved in the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) club which has been wonderful! Through SHRM, I was able to become very involved as a member of the marketing committee for the Krannert HR Executive Conference and Case Competition. This has been great experience to build my network and learn more about human resources from different industry perspectives.

How would you describe the Krannert faculty?

The Krannert faculty is very supportive and willing to answer any questions. They really want every student to be successful and focus on preparing us for the experiences and challenges we may find in our own individual functions.

Your classmates come from a variety of work backgrounds…what have you been able to learn from them?

I have learned so much from my classmates! I have been learning how to prepare myself for the real world of business. It has been very helpful to learn from my classmates’ personal work examples and how they have been successful.

How has the Krannert School helped develop your leadership skills?

Krannert has innumerable opportunities to develop leadership skills within clubs, committees, or in class teams. The Launching Global Leaders class also encourages us all to develop and practice our leadership skills.

How would you describe living in West Lafayette?

West Lafayette provides a great mix of academic focus, professional development opportunities, and a fun social life – the perfect environment for a student.

Away from Krannert…what do you do for fun?

I love to spend time with my husband and visit our families. I also like to utilize the co-rec as much as I can.

What do you like most about the Krannert School and Purdue?

The great people and opportunities. This experience has really given me all of the tools I need to have a successful career and accomplish all of my goals.

How have you been assisted in your job search?

The Krannert Professional Development Center has been great about preparing me for my job search, providing me with connections, and advising me on my options. The second year students have also been so amazing about providing insight into company culture and their own experiences to help me decide where I would fit best.

When we catch up with you in 10 years, what do you expect to be doing?

I will be working as an HR manager where I will be a strategic business partner to the rest of the organization. I will also be balancing my busy work life by spending time with my family.