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LER 497: Human Resources in Technology
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Katie Gordon

Liberal Arts Major(s): Labor and Employment Relations
Hometown: York, PA

What was the best part of your experience?

Having the opportunity to visit Silicon Valley and see the hustle and bustle of all those in the tech industry was so inspiring. The companies were so open to answering our questions and showing us around the offices to see their work spaces and layout. Having never been to Northern California, this was such an eye opening trip. I don't believe I would have ever been able to experience this trip without the help of Liberal Arts Enrichment Funding.

Having the opportunity to visit Silicon Valley and see the hustle and bustle of all those in the tech industry was so inspiring

How did this experience impact you academically?

Having the opportunity to see the techniques that you've been taught throughout your courses being physically used in the real world was so exciting. The companies we visited were of various sizes and ages, and there was a visible progress and diversity among the company types. Seeing the changes in the companies and how they handle situations based on their size was really interesting. While on this trip, I discovered I really enjoy human resources, especially in the tech industry, and many of the successful professionals in the company have a master's degree in Human Resources. Penn State offers a 4+1 year integrated master's degree in Human Resources, and this trip introduced me to the idea of applying for this opportunity.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

As mentioned previously, this experience encouraged my interest in continuing my education to obtain a master's degree in Human Resources through Penn State. Before this course, I didn't think receiving a master's degree was of that much importance in this field, but the professionals we met with all discussed their graduate programs and how this extra schooling really advanced them professionally. I would not have even thought of applying for a master's program if it weren't for this specific trip and course.

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