Karl Hart took a very non-traditional path to Robinson College of Business. After graduating from high school in 2006, he attended Georgia State University Perimeter Campus (then Georgia Perimeter College) where he earned his associate of science in business administration. Not quite ready to pursue a bachelor’s degree, Karl enlisted in the United States Army.
Over the next five years, Karl rose to squad leader, serving nearly a year in Afghanistan. Remaining in the Army Reserves, he enrolled at Georgia State University in fall 2018. Wanting to make the most of his GSU experience, Karl joined the Student Veterans Association where he became the chapter vice president. He was uncertain about a choice of major until he discovered his true passion after taking MGS 3400 (Managing People in Organizations). He immediately changed his major to Managerial Sciences with a concentration in human resource management. After searching GSU’s Panther Involvement Network listing over 500 student organizations, he found the Society for Human Resource Management at Georgia State University. He became the chapter president in January 2019. One of his first accomplishments was to organize a joint meeting with the Student Veterans Association to introduce the SHRM Foundation's Veterans at Work Certificate.
The networking, leadership, and professional development experience he gained through these organizations coupled with the reputation of J. Mack Robinson College of Business helped Karl land an HR internship that led to a job as an HR analyst with an Atlanta-based supply chain company. “Without the knowledge I received at Robinson, and the support of the faculty in the MGS department, I absolutely would not be where I am today.” Hart says. “Last month, I used the knowledge I gained in my HR classes to become a certified associate Professional in Human Resources (aPHR) through the HRCI (Human Resource Certification Institute).