Why should my company be a part of the Professional Practice Program?

Student, faculty member, and employer all benefit from participation in professional practice education. The Professional Practice Program allows you, as a participating employer, to

  1. Discover ambitious students early

    Professional Practice gives you the opportunity to interest prospective employees in the advantages of working with your company. As a Professional Practice employer, you are allowed to interview freshmen, sophomores, or juniors - depending on their department - giving you a one- to three-year headstart on non-participating competition! This early opportunity can mean the difference between finding that "gem" and watching someone else hire him or her before you even get an opportunity to interview.

  2. Try an employee before making a permanent offer

    The best potential employees often beg for a chance to prove themselves. But taking a chance on new graduates can be expensive. Professional Practice offers you an interview/tryout/training period with some of Purdue's best graduates-to-be. Watch employees in work situations over a period of time; then base your offer of employment on proven abilities, accomplishments, and an established compatibility with your company. Unpleasant surprises are far less likely with Professional Practice employees - you have watched them for years! There is no reason to try to ascertain the graduate's potential, work attitude, and personality in one rush interview - take your time and watch them grow into employees you can count on.

  3. Enhance your reputation on campus

    Become known on Purdue's campus through your Professional Practice connections. Your Professional Practice employees will tell their friends and classmates firsthand about positive Professional Practice experiences in your organization. Let the promotional efforts of your Professional Practice employees make your company first choice for all students as a great place to work. This promotion enhances the recruitment of other students, attracting to your firm additional top- quality employees.

  4. Help your employees work their way through school

    The wages you pay your Professional Practice employees provide them with financial assistance needed for an increasingly expensive university education. Far from being a gift or hand-out, the wages you pay your Professional Practice student employees allow them to earn their way through school by meaningful work. As an employer, you receive good value from the work performed while making an investment in a priceless future employee.

  5. Influence the education of future professionals

    If you have ever wished you could positively influence the education of new professionals in your field, professional practice education is your opportunity. Professional Practice allows you to work with faculty to transform excellent students into excellent employees and influence educational programs and students through the exchange of ideas and techniques with those involved in Professional Practice. By suggesting elective courses to your student employees, discussing curricula with faculty, and providing real problems for classroom projects, you help produce a more competent graduate and future professional and influence the level and nature of training in your field.

  6. Tap into the resources of Purdue University

    Stay at the cutting edge of research and development through your communication with faculty contacts. Some of the top researchers in the world work at Purdue, and your professional practice education students sit in their classes. Suggest research projects for your Professional Practice students to undertake as class projects. Allow them to help work on a company problem, with the help of their professors. Tap into this source of information and knowledge through the Professional Practice Program. Your Professional Practice employee will learn firsthand in the classroom from researchers who are today developing the products, services, practices, and philosophies that will revolutionize tomorrow.

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