Published 11/30/15

Catching up with Nikita Gittens ’12

Nikita GittensAlways a “people person,” Nikita Gittens ’12, a human resource generalist for Sikorsky Aircraft in Shelton, CT, is exactly where she wants to be – providing expertise and support to hundreds of managers and employees.

At EMC in Franklin, MA – where she was an associate human resources generalist from January 2013 through October 2014 – she created a successful summer internship program for college students. Responsible for all program elements from recruiting, logistics, and event planning to mentoring, community service programming, and problem-solving, Gittens found the whole experience deeply satisfying. “Interns identified real issues and proposed solutions to management,” she says. “I was so proud to own that project.”

Bryant’s Society for Human Resource Management chapter sparked her interest in an HR career.

Skills she learned at Bryant – debating and defending fact-based opinions, participating in team projects, confidently speaking to a group, and analyzing real-world corporate issues – are ones she regularly uses at work. She believes she is a more well-rounded employee, given Bryant’s strong curriculum that combines business and liberal arts and encourages critical thinking. As a freshman, she and a friend founded the dance team aDvANCEd Evolution. As co-captain and co-president, she performed, choreographed, and scheduled dances for the team, which continues to be popular today and is a source of pride for Gittens.

Bryant’s Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) chapter sparked her interest in an HR career.

In SHRM, a mentor steered her on her career path. This experience inspires Gittens, who advocates mentorship. “You don’t know what you don’t know, so you need guidance…to help navigate the system,” she says. In addition to mentoring, Gittens finds value in organizational affinity networks, such as Sikorsky’s African American Forum and EMC’s Black Employee Affinity Group and encourages others to participate in similar resources where they work.