Many students have a knack and passion for writing, but question how to turn that into a viable career. Baldwin Alumna Jennifer Honick was able to blend her love of people and writing into a successful career in Human Resources.
After graduating BHS is 2003, Honick went on to earn a Bachelor's in English Writing from The University of Pittsburgh. She has worked in some of Pittsburgh's most innovative companies, including ModCloth, 4Moms, and Deeplocal. She now serves as the Director of Human Resources for Chemistry, an advertising agency with offices in Pittsburgh and Atlanta. Honick explains, "I am responsible for overall talent and HR strategy, with a focus on implementing and strengthening staff development programs, recruiting and onboarding, and employee engagement." Overseeing the departments provides her with a wide variety of tasks, "A typical day can be any number of things—from employee 1:1 conversations, to leadership meetings, to candidate interviews, to developing the next round of performance management and 360 feedback." Honick enjoys that Human Resources blends the craft of writing with people skills, "HR is the perfect blend of things I am passionate about—people and writing. I've found that communications and policy writing allow me to utilize the degree I earned at Pitt in a way that allows me to connect with individuals on a daily basis." It's a career that puts people first, as she shares, "Building relationships is one of the best parts of my job."
Her start in the District gave her a solid footing, as teachers recognized and shaped her interest in writing: "Starting in elementary school, BWSD teachers and staff were always incredibly encouraging of my goals. I loved the Reflections program and was so proud of earning a trophy for creative writing in third grade—it was an early marker for me that I was onto something I'd enjoy doing later in life." As a student at BHS she excelled in AP English Courses and served on the newspaper staff.
When deciding where to settle with her family, Honick knew the choice was clear. She, her husband, and their two children moved back to Whitehall in time for her daughter to begin Kindergarten at McAnnulty, "I knew I wanted her to be a BWSD student!"