Daemen College graduate Karen Sharp-Price credits her bachelor’s degree in humanities with minors in business management and history and government for her success in the human resources field.
“It was an excellent choice for me because it allowed me to take a variety of courses that I was interested in,” said Sharp-Price. “I took a human resources class as a junior, and I knew right away that’s what I wanted to do for my career.”
In 2001, Sharp-Price founded Sharp Human Resources, which specializes in career advisement. She also serves as human resources manager at VoIP Supply in Amherst. Previously, she headed human resources departments at several businesses, including Associated Healthcare Systems and Byblos Niagara Resort and Spa. She also worked as a human resources field manager at HR Works in Rochester.
“The skills you learn with a humanities degree are transferable, and it prepares you to take on different jobs and careers throughout your life,” said Sharp-Price. “I advise students to not to be narrow-minded, particularly in undergraduate studies, because they can narrow their focus in graduate school.”
To illustrate this, Sharpe-Price points to her three years as publishing coordinator for Baby Coop Publishing, while remaining active in the human resources field.
She holds a professional certificate in human resources and maintains accreditation as a senior certified professional through the Society for Human Resource Management. She has participated in several events at Daemen, including the Alumni and Student Mentor Brunch, recruiting on campus, and the SHRM mock interview event.
Sharpe-Price resides in Williamsville with her husband, Jim, and two sons.