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No Diggity, No Doubt

Three fantastic things have happened this semester.

1. I correctly predicted how long it would be for me to write another Fisher Grad Life blog post.

I was definitely right when I insinuated this semester was going to keep me busy. The best part? I have enjoyed the chaos. The classes have been interesting and filled with invaluable content – most of which is almost immediately applicable to a Human Resource Professional’s current job or internship.

2. I have gotten to know my classmates better (which is a HUGE feat when you have an *almost* three year old).

One of the best pieces of advice I can give to incoming business students (MHRM or other), take the time to get to know your classmates. Sure, networking with them is great. But more importantly, establishing real connections with people in the same boat as you will offer you lasting support and friendships. Whether you go to Thirsty Scholar at the completion of the week, or you sit by the same people in every class, GET TO KNOW YOUR PEERS. This will define your experience at Fisher almost more than anything else.

Lastly…,

3. I HAVE AN INTERNSHIP (and, consequently, I found a fantastic daycare for my kid). Saying I’m “excited” to start my internship is an understatement. The projects, the brand, and the people I’ll be working with make me beyond excited to begin. I can’t wait to fill you in when I get back.

 


Q&A with a MHRM Student

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Bagyasri Hari – MHRM Class of 2016

Hometown: Bangalore, India

Undergraduate Major: Business Management

Hobbies and Interests: Sketching/Painting, Anime, Jigsaw Puzzles and Music

What you like most about Columbus: I appreciate that it is a pretty calm and relaxing city with very friendly people.

Favorite things to do in Columbus: I enjoy shopping at the many malls and shopping centers in the area, and am really happy that Columbus has a Godiva store (I love Godiva chocolate!)

What interests you about HR: Human Resource serves as a link between a business idea and its effective implementation. It is a live wire connecting and converting ideas into happenings. I want to be actively involved in attracting and retaining the right talent, as people are the most important asset for any enterprise.

Favorite aspects of being a MHRM student at Fisher: The knowledgeable faculty, class times that allow students to balance a job and school, the atmosphere in class and the curriculum.

What advice would you give incoming first years and/ or prospective students: If you are an international student (on F1 visa), it is important to understand that it can be difficult to find an internship/job in HR as it is not a STEM field, but it is not impossible. So please be mentally prepared to be optimistic and work hard. Use the resources available like the career management office and company information sessions to network.


Negotiating Fisher MHRM Electives …

One of the Fisher MHRM program requirements for those completing Plan B (internship/tutorial) is the completion of 3 credit hours of electives. The 3 credit hours is usually completed by taking one 3 credit hour class or two 1.5 credit hour classes. Most students select MHR courses or courses within the Fisher College of Business to fulfill this requirement. However, electives can include MHR courses, Independent or Group Study hours, or outside electives in areas related to human resources.

Last session I took BUSMHR 7222: Advanced Leadership (1.5 credit hours). This course explored leadership effectiveness through class readings and discussions about effective leadership; guest speakers who shared their life stories and leadership styles, as well as tips for leading others; and introspection on one’s own leadership style and how one can improve identified areas based on 360 feedback. This course helped make the topic, leadership, much more personal. It encouraged students to reflect on their life stories, values, motivations, self-awareness, and life balance so that they can ultimately identify what they want their Leadership Legacy to be in life. Great class!

This session I am taking BUSMHR 7240: Managerial Negotiations (1.5 credit hours).  The class is focused on exploring different concepts and theories of bargaining and negotiating, as well as the different dynamics that can exist and possible resolutions. The class consists of several in class exercises and activities, which include role playing in different negotiation scenarios. I knew entering the class that at times this is going to challenge me to step outside of my comfort zone, but negotiations take place all the time (i.e. coworkers and peers, employer, significant other, children, businesses, etc.) so the knowledge and skills I will acquire throughout the class are certainly relevant and beneficial, both personally and professionally. So far, so good!


Pet or no Pet (while being a grad student)?

If you do not currently own a pet and are getting the itch to own one, I encourage you to consider a few things first.

I already owned my dog, Riggs (aka: Riggles/Rigsy) when starting the program, but pets can be a large responsibility. So consider how much time you will be able to devote to your pet during the program, especially if it is a dog. If you’re considering a dog, will you have to train them? Will they be crated or not? What are the traits of the specific breed (i.e. are they prone to anxiety, are they high energy, etc.)? The answers to these questions will impact how much time you will need to devote to them and ensuring they have healthy outlets to exert their energy. If you plan on balancing work, school (classes, studying, group work) and a social life (including events before or after class), are you okay with knowing that you may have to rearrange your schedule sometimes to meet the needs of your pet? In addition, you will need to consider whether your student budget can cover the cost of vaccinations, vet visits, food, and toys.

On the flipside, I completely understand wanting to come home to a cuddly, fluff ball. They can become quite the companion too. Heck, Riggs is like a son to me (yes, I just admitted that). A pet can bring life to a home even when you have no energy left after work or school. In addition, having to walk a dog can be surprisingly relaxing. I have come to use the walks as refreshing study breaks to clear my head and relax. One of the many benefits to living in Columbus is that it is really pet friendly. There are quite a few dog parks and scenic areas to walk your dog. There are also several places to board your pet if needed, and several daycares (If you live near Grandview or Upper Arlington…I highly recommend Puptown Lounge!). Some extra perks are that there are several food establishments that are pet friendly. DQ has “pup-cups” (Vanilla Ice Cream w/ a Milkbone) for dogs AND if you bring your dog to Graeter’s on the first Thursday of the month during the spring/summer months they will give you a FREE Frosty Paw Treat (dog ice cream)! Needless to say, but Columbus is pretty great!

Between work and school, I definitely find myself rearranging my schedule to ensure I am able to meet the needs of Riggs. This means that sometimes I can’t go out after class or I can’t just relax on campus between my job and class. In my opinion, it’s totally worth it. However, not all people would agree. So consider what is practical and feasible to maintain while pursuing the MHRM program.

 

Your bed becomes their bed.

Your bed becomes their bed.

Your food becomes their food.

Your food becomes their food.

Your clean room becomes their play room within 5 minutes (no joke...5 minutes)

Your clean room becomes their play room within 5 minutes (no joke…5 minutes)

Their happiness becomes your happiness.

Their happiness becomes your happiness (Riggs sure loves his DQ Pup-cups).


Things to Consider When Considering the Fisher MHRM Program

Thinking Monkey

I received my acceptance letter to the MHRM program about a year ago. So I thought I would share some of the things I considered when making my decision to apply to the Fisher MHRM program and also accept my admission.

•At the time of my acceptance I was working full-time, and I appreciated that the courses were designed for the working professional. Classes are scheduled Monday-Thursday 6:00-9:15pm, so they compliment the working professional’s work schedule very well. Most students in the program utilize this flexibility because most work in some capacity, whether part-time or full-time. For those thinking classes seem late, don’t worry. It may take some time, but your body adjusts.

•I really appreciated the program’s Core Human Resource Skills curriculum that provides a generalist’s perspective, as well as the Business Context curriculum. I think being able to speak the language of business is critical to being a strategic partner. Effective Human Resource professionals must be able to explain how Human Resources impacts the bottom line and contributes to the organization, and the program is well-designed in providing a breadth of knowledge so that individuals acquire business acumen and exposure to different areas within the field of Human Resources. In addition, I liked that the program required either a thesis or internship experience (majority of students select the internship) during the summer between their first and second year in the program. This allows students to apply and connect what they learned in the classroom to practical experience.

•The active and supportive Office of Career Management (OCM) was also something that distinguished Fisher’s MHRM program. They provide ongoing counseling, support and preparation. More importantly though, they sincerely care about each individual they work with. The OCM goes out of their way to ensure students feel ready and confident to secure and pursue internships and jobs. It was also comforting to know that the internship placement was 100% and the job placement was 93%.

• I was also impressed by the faculty and their areas of expertise. Fisher has a great mix of faculty who primarily have experience in academia, and others who have more experience in the corporate world. Again though, similar to OCM, the faculty are incredibly passionate about the field of Human Resources and take an interest in their students as individuals. Many of them are more than happy to meet with students outside of office hours to serve as mentors or advisers. Additionally, because the class size is typically around 50 students, this allows for more discussion during class and more individualized attention.

•I also liked that the program is diverse. Students come from different previous fields of study, different work experiences and years of prior work experience, and some work full-time while pursuing the program while others work part-time or not at all. Furthermore, there is a strong presence of international students in the program who add a lot of value to the program and class discussions.

•Lastly, location, location, location. I was born and raised in Northeast, Ohio. However, Columbus is something completely different than any other part of Ohio. It is such a thriving city with so much to do and see. There are several small communities/areas within Columbus that all have their own unique cultures and characteristics, which I absolutely love!


OSU Basketball

As a grad student pretty much all of my week nights are filled with classes or study sessions, so it’s nice when I have a night off to take a break from school and enjoy something fun around campus. Obviously, Ohio State is a huge football school, but during the cold winter months basketball is a fun sport to watch here in Columbus. There are also a number of other great sporting events during the winter, including the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Ohio State ice hockey team.  In fact, later this month the whole MHRM class is going to a Blue Jackets game together, which will be a fun outing. Last Wednesday I went to the OSU vs. Penn State basketball game and had a blast. It’s really easy as a grad student to get affordable tickets to the basketball games. My seats were in the second row, and I even got to meet Greg Oden who was there watching the game and supporting the Buckeyes. I’d definitely recommend going to at least one basketball game just for the experience.  It’s definitely a good way to fill the void when football isn’t in season.

Brutus passing out t-shirts to the student section

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At the OSU vs. Penn State basketball game after meeting Greg Oden


There’s No “Typical” Week

People always ask what a “typical” week of an MHRM student looks like, and I find myself stumped every time. The truth is, it varies greatly depending on the individual and their other commitments and priorities. The MHRM program has such a diverse student population that people are all over the map (or in this case, book) with what page they’re on in life and what their other commitments are. Some students juggle a full-time job and school, while others juggle a part-time job and school or are solely a student. In addition to this, we have students with varying marital and parental statuses. Plus, let’s not forget the pet owners (that’s me!) because having to run home to a dog or another pet can certainly change priorities and what a “typical” schedule looks like.

I think it comes down to what a person’s commitments and priorities are in life. MHRM classes are at least 3 nights a week from 6-9:15pm so making use of weekends is a must because “doing it after class” is simply not going to happen! When possible, and time permitting with your schedule, take advantage of the OSU and Fisher campus and amenities. There are several hot spots on campus you can go to get work done in between work, meetings, classes (electives), and more!

KReeves

 

Gerlach Hall and Mason Hall on Fisher’s campus have plenty of breakout rooms that can be reserved for studying or group projects. Gerlach Hall also has the computer lab at your disposal for computer use and printing, and Mason Hall has Rohr Cafe for those much needed coffee breaks. Also, Subway and Panera are just across the street from Fisher so you have somewhere to go for those quick bites to eat or another place to get your work done.

When exploring OSU’s campus beyond Fisher, you can explore one of the gyms on campus: Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC), Adventure Recreation Center (ARC), Jesse Owens North (JON), Jesse Owens South (JOS), or the Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC). You can also check out Thompson Library and find somewhere within the 11 story building to kickback and enjoy a good book or get work done. And, if you’re wanting more food (who doesn’t like food) just walk around the corner to High Street and enjoy one of the many options available to you!

One of the best things about Fisher is that if you want the feel of a Big 10 institution then you can certainly get that experience, but if you want the feel of a smaller community, you can certainly get that too! There are so many options available to you; you decide what your schedule looks like, how much time you spend on campus, and how you utilize all that is available to you through Fisher and OSU.


#NewFriends

#GraduateProgramsOffice #FamilyPortrait #MHRM #MAcc #SMF #NewFriends

#FisherCollegeofBusiness #GraduateProgramsOffice #FamilyPhoto #MHRM #MAcc #SMF #NewFriends

I admit it. I am often behind on what is “trendy” and “hip,” but I’ve been seeing a lot of #nonewfriends on Twitter and Instagram. I finally took the time to look it up on Urban Dictionary though, and honestly, it is a tad #redonkulous.

I prefer, “make new friends, but keep the old.” I also think taking this approach when joining the MHRM program will get you much further both personally and professionally. We all enter the program having existing friendships and relationships, but I think it is crucial to be open to creating new ones.

I’ve mentioned on previous blogs how Fisher provides numerous opportunities to engage with peers, such as orientation, MHRM Council events, group work, and more. We also have different opportunities to get to know the Fisher MBA, MAcc, and SMF students too, which is awesome! We have two years in the program and work very closely with our peers throughout the entire duration. It makes the experience much more enjoyable if you make friends along the way.

With class sizes of roughly 50, most of us have different interests and hobbies, share different experiences and backgrounds, and also may be on different pages in life than others, so I think it becomes natural to find individuals who you may connect with better than others, but keeping an open mind and heart can elevate your experiences during your time at Fisher. Don’t be afraid to try new things, or to go outside of your comfort zone from time to time, or to socialize with people different than yourself. Most importantly, don’t let the time you have at Fisher slip away without making #newfriends.


Back To Life, Back To Reality.

Firstly – and hopefully not to your chagrin – as a stay at home mom, I’m not going to post about the events happening around campus as much as other students because there is a shortage of babysitters (especially during the day) who will take pity on this broke mom drowning in student debt and babysit a wild 2 1/2 year old for free. The intention of the majority of my posts is to provide helpful information for potential students about the MHRM program (WHICH IS AWESOME. Not biased at all). BUT, I will include an adorable picture of my husband and son at Zoo Lights (a must see around the holidays) in this post. Bonus: my kid recently got glasses and looks like Ralphie in the picture.

Zoo Lights

Zoo Lights

After a nice long, break, I’m ready to get back into the swing of things. I’m intimidated by the workload of this semester but am also incredibly excited by my courses.

The first semester of your first year is generally filled with pretty basic, introductory-type stuff. Don’t get me wrong, you still have to work hard, but it may not be as mentally taxing as you’d expect grad school to be. Don’t let that fool you.

This second semester will be filled with data analytics, hours long excel assignments, an apparently huge project (some students have told me their final group paper was 60+ pages), an impossible change project (the word “impossible” came straight from my professor. According to him, the harder the task will be to complete, the better), and Employment Law.

While that all sounds intimidating – ahem, and I’m speaking for myself here – I’m thrilled to be learning useful information I’m not already familiar with or that is less intuitive then, say, “Business Basics.” (*Disclaimer, the professor of the aforementioned course is entertaining and makes the material fun and interesting even for students familiar with the content.)

Data Analytics is an interesting business function that hasn’t always been utilized the way it can/should be and still isn’t utilized in many companies to its full potential. At the risk of sounding like a brownnoser (I doubt my stats professor will see this anyway because, “Ain’t nobody got time for dat!”), I’m genuinely excited to learn how to use data in my field. Despite the challenging and time-consuming assignments in this course, I’m enjoying myself. While I do like to solve difficult puzzles (including some math problems), I never actually enjoyed my math classes in undergrad because I didn’t see any realistic application in my field of study – and, I like to efficiently use my time. Give me information I can use. In this stats course, I will learn exactly how to apply what I’m learning in my field. I don’t even know how to adequately explain how excited this makes me. Plus, the hugeness of Big Data and how data analysis can be used in business intrigues me.

Which brings me to my staffing class. Did you know the most common staffing methods are almost no better than hiring people at random? With the use of data, businesses can more effectively hire the right people for the right job. My group and I get to turn in a hefty book paper that explains this in detail. Saweeet!

Employment Law is also a highly interesting class and has brought up issues I never knew existed. The group project for this class will be time consuming but fun.

With that said, I gotta go study/write/work on a project/play with my kid. You might not hear from me for 3 months.


The Internship Search Has Finally Come to a Close

As many of my classmates and friends are aware, I started my internship search back in August. It’s been a long journey, but I am very excited and could not be more pleased with my decision to accept an offer with Anheuser-Busch. Fisher’s Office of Career Management has helped me along every step of the way and I have the wonderful staff to thank for that.

AB is America's leading brewer

AB is America’s leading brewer

My experience interviewing with Anheuser-Busch was great. I first saw the company at the Fisher Fall Career Fair back in September, and was able to develop a good relationship with the recruiters through networking. I then did a first-round interview and was fortunate enough to be selected for the final panel interview in St. Louis. Because AB is headquartered in St. Louis, this was a great opportunity for me to really evaluate the organization’s culture and assess if I’d be a good fit for the company. I traveled to St. Louis in October with another one of my MHRM classmates, Natalie, who would also be interviewing on the final panel. Neither of us had been to St. Louis before, so it was a treat to explore the city and see all the different sights the day before our interview.

The morning of our interview, we arrived bright and early and met the other interview candidates from other schools across the country. I had never done a group interview before so I was not entirely sure what to expect. There were definitely some tough questions and it was interesting interviewing in a group setting with the other interview candidates right beside me, but I ultimately enjoyed the experience and found it extremely rewarding. After the interview, they took us on a tour of the headquarters and then on a brewery tour. We even got to see the Clydesdales! Overall, it was a great interview experience. Natalie and I both ended up getting offers to join AB’s People Department this summer, and we’re very excited to join the team!

Natalie and I before our brewery tour

Natalie and I before our brewery tour

Learning about the mashing process

Learning about the mashing process

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Learning about the seven-step brewing process


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