Spotlight – John Larock, Dupont
University Relations & College Recruiting Manager – US, DuPont
John received a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science and a MS in Engineering Mechanics from Penn State. He has been in his current role for 4 years and with DuPont for 25 years.
What was your career path to get your current role? Engineer – Field Engineering Rotational Program Recruiter – Field Engineering Rotational Program Recruiting Supervisor – DuPont Engineering Recruiting Manager – DuPont Ink Jet Human Resources Manager – DuPont Ink Jet Staffing Manager – DuPont Talent Acquisition University Relations & College Recruiting Manager – DuPont Talent Acquisition
What was your first job? Farm hand on my family’s farm.
Why did you choose this career? I have a science and technology background and I enjoy working with people and helping them find their best career match.
What is the skill that is most important in your current role? Project management and communications (I know I am cheating by providing two).
How did you develop this skill and how do you fine-tune it regularly? Practice and continuous improvement from feedback. The more you do it well and even make mistakes, the better you are next time. Opportunities to fine-tune management of projects and communications skills are plentiful in my position.
Did you have a mentor? If so, how did that mentor help in your career development? I had a few key Human Resource professionals over my career that helped guide me. Some were supervisors, but all were honest about my skills and abilities at the time and my development needs.
What is your biggest career accomplishment? Coming into a new organization (DuPont Ink Jet) and leading them to double their staff in one year through internal and external recruitment.
What is your advice to students looking for their first job? Get as much relevant experience before you graduate and look for your perfect full-time position. Seek out internships, co-ops, or apprenticeships early!
What is your advice to young professionals in the field who aspire to your current role? Let your supervision know what you aspire to. No one can help you reach your target job, if you/they don’t know what that target is.
What was the best career advice you have ever received? If you have something you need to get done, do it now! It seems simple, but it was very effective in my personal development.
What would you like colleagues to know about your organization? DuPont is over 212 years old and has one of the longest running rotational programs in the United States (Field Engineering Program). We have broaded our rotational development programs over the years to include Sales & Marketing, MBA Leadership, Finance/Accounting, Supply Chain, and Agricultural Leadership. Many of our hires into these rotational programs come from our graduating DuPont interns/co-ops.