Having classes in both the Polytechnic Institute and Krannert School of Business creates a really great balance of lecture classes and more hands-on classes. Classes in the Polytechnic involve working on projects and actually practicing what you learn with your classmates.
Avery Allen
Human Resource Development (TLI)
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Avery Allen

Human Resource Development (TLI)

What made you decide to choose your specific major?

I wanted to find a career where I worked directly with people and had a variety of tasks. I ended up finding HR to be the perfect fit for both of those goals. With HR, there are so many career opportunities from benefits, to training and development to recruitment involve doing different things every day.

What are a couple of your favorite things about your program of study?

I enjoy how often we use examples from the real world to better understand theories of human resources. Reading something from a textbook is one way of learning but working together on a case study makes the topics easier to understand.

What has been one of your favorite class projects?

Show Us HRD in TLI 255: Foundations of Human Resource Development has to be one of my favorites. It’s a creative project to end the class, and I learned a lot from seeing what my classmates did as well. Everyone chose unique topics and ways to tackle the assignment.

What other activities are you involved in on campus?

I am the Vice President of Women in Technology,  a member of Purdue’s Society of Human Resource Management Chapter and a member of the Young Professionals of Human Resource Development club

Can you share with us a little bit about your study abroad experience?

I am going to Italy this summer for a Maymester and the Polytechnic Study Abroad office was incredibly helpful in finding me a great opportunity.

What do you know about your program of study now that you wish someone had told you when you were choosing a major?

You do not have to be scared of the science credits! I was worried I was going to have to take intense classes to meet those requirements, and instead I got to choose sciences that I was interested and loved taking.

What would be one piece of advice for prospective students or new Purdue students?

It’s very basic advice but put yourself out there. Every other student is new and probably doesn’t know that many people! Everyone is looking to make friends, so join clubs and go to activities. This includes academics as well, your professors and teaching assistants want you to do well. Never be scared to go to office hours or ask questions.


Have questions? Email me at allen587@purdue.edu