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Career Fair Preparation

This past week we had the Fisher Fall Career Fair, an event for undergrads, grad students, and anyone else who is part of the Fisher College of Business network. Of course, any student at Ohio State is also welcome to attend the fair because it is a great way to network with the employers and companies from across the region and the U.S. This experience is great for all students, whether they are looking to get some extra interview practice in, or maybe they are on the hunt for that full-time, post-grad position.

I attended the fair to start networking with companies that I’d like to do my HR summer internship with. I spoke to about eight different companies and was able to get a better sense of all the options for HR grad students. I then spent the remainder of my afternoon working at the fair with the Office of Career Management (this is the office that coordinates the entire event), checking students in and helping with last minuted questions and directions. The fair is held on three different floors of the Ohio Union, so as you can imagine, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. My advice is to make sure you review the list of companies attending and pick out a few that you’d really like to talk to, and then target those companies.

It’s also important to have an idea of what you are going to say about yourself during your introduction when you get in front of a recruiter. Make sure you leave a good first impression by being enthusiastic and knowledgeable, and be prepared to talk about your experiences listed on your resume.

I came away from this experience with some really great conversations with the recruiters. It was a chance for me to explain my background, what I’m looking for in an internship, and learn more about the interview process. If anything, it was a good warm up for the on-campus interviews that are starting this week. You will feel so much more comfortable walking into your first interview if you feel prepared and confident.


Hit the Ground Running with Fisher’s MHRM Program

For a stay-at-home mom, the prospect of going to grad school and immediately beginning to network with established business professionals was overwhelming, to say the least. 

Jill Westerfeld of the Office of Career Management made the transition from stay-at-home mom to graduate student incredibly smooth. She is available to help you perfect your resume, elevator pitch, and will even hold mock interviews with you.
While the balance of home and school life on top of attending networking events seemed ominous at first, the best approach is to take it one day at a time. I personally invested in a planner so I could write things down. Logging events into my phone has proven to be an unsuccessful approach for me but works great for others. Look through your planner or phone calendar every night and plan out what you need to do. Set aside time to study and network while still balancing your home and/or social life. For me, being able to see what I needed to do on paper was significantly less overwhelming than letting things just float around in my brain. This allowed me to adequately plan to get a babysitter for networking events while still having plenty of time to play with my son during the day and get some studying done at night.
The Fisher College of Business and the Office of Career Management do a great job making you feel relaxed about the tasks at hand while still maintaining a sense of urgency about getting an internship. As a very new student, I have found everything to be incredibly doable and your classmates and the second year students are available to help as well.
I have found my connection with recent graduates from the program and second year students to be invaluable. Not only can they offer pep-talks when you feel overwhelmed, their advice about the program paired with Jill Westerfeld’s efforts have made it so I’ve hit the ground running in this program. I can’t wait to see what more this program has to offer.

Game Days in Buckeye Nation

This weekend I went to the first Ohio State home football game. What a treat! I came from a small liberal arts school in Virginia where football was a thing we did on Saturdays if there was nothing else going on…totally different from how it is here in Columbus, where football is the priority and you pretty much plan every fall Saturday around it.

A view from my seats at the game. Pretty awesome view!

A view from my seats at the game. Pretty awesome view!

This game was especially fun because it was a night game, so I had all day to experience all the different kinds of tailgates and events around campus. I ended up meeting up with a group from my MHRM program and we walked around and explored before heading over to the game. You can really feel the excitement walking up and down High Street through the sea of scarlet and gray. Even if you aren’t able to get a ticket to a game, just head to any of the restaurants or bars and you’ll be able to partake in the game day festivities. It’s an amazing experience. I actually read somewhere that this first home game set a new attendance record at Ohio Stadium. Pretty cool! I am so glad to be a part of buckeye nation! Looking forward to the rest of the season. Go bucks!

At the first home football game against Virginia Tech

At the first home football game against Virginia Tech with two other MHRM first years.

Me with Brutus in the Ohio Union

Me with Brutus (our mascot) in the Ohio Union.


The Journey Begins…

It’s weird to think that this exciting new journey as a first year MHRM student has finally begun. Oh, the places WE’LL go!

From the moment I stepped foot on campus, both the faculty and staff have done a phenomenal job at extending a warm welcome and offering a helping hand to get students acclimated. It has been intentional acts of kindness such as this that has helped me quickly connect with the OSU campus, resources and community. I cannot stress how critical and helpful orientation was for me a couple weeks ago. I will be the first to admit that I was a little nervous going in to orientation. I didn’t really know anyone in the program, and I had no idea what orientation would entail. Nonetheless, it was a great opportunity to mix and mingle with faculty, staff and peers in a casual environment. Faculty and staff provided invaluable information about resources available on campus, as well as information about how to get involved in order to make the most of graduate school. In addition, we had an entire day designated towards Career Management where we learned the ins and outs of professional networking, utilizing the career management websites and tools, and conducting a successful internship search. This also provided us the unique opportunity to meet and network with knowledgeable HR professionals from different organizations, such as P&G, Rolls-Royce, PepsiCo, and Eaton.

Let’s not forget one of my favorite parts of orientation…meeting my peers! Graduate school emphasizes teamwork and group work, so it was really nice being able to meet my classmates before the academic school year began. It didn’t take long before making plans to hangout with my new MHRM friends outside of the classroom. It’s comforting knowing that we all are in this together, and that we can support one another through this new adventure! Together…we got this!

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Back to School

Happy first week of class! Wishing all my fellow Fisher classmates a great first week. It’s been two years since I’ve been in any kind of classroom setting, so needless to say, I am ready to hit the ground running. I think the fall is one of the best times of year because students are filled with such excitement, energy, and enthusiasm.

As a first year Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM) student, I am eager to begin the internship search for next summer, and have had my eye on a few of the companies coming to campus for fall recruiting. Because the internship or practicum is part of the MHRM curriculum, most MHRM students do the 12-week internship during the summer between their first and second year. Fisher does a great  job of helping students obtain internships and full-time positions at their target companies and the Office of Career Management is a great resource. I especially encourage first-year MHRM students to take advantage.

I am fortunate to have a graduate assistantship (GA) this year in the Office of Career Management, and although I primarily work with undergraduate students, I’ve been able to see firsthand the great work being done in this office.

Here is a photo of the team during my first day of GA training.

Two of the other women pictured here are also in my first-year MHRM cohort. It’s been great having them as a support system if I have any questions about classes or assignments. I’ve had so much fun getting to know these women through all of our trainings and orientations, and look forward to working with them throughout the year.

Here’s to wishing everyone a fantastic start to the new school year.


Offer Accepted!

This past week I made a huge decision. I officially accepted my offer for full time employment with Texas Instruments. This means that as of summer 2014 I will be making a move to yet another state and starting my HR career with TI in Dallas, TX.

To give a bit of context to this situation, the MHRM program offers two tracks for students- (1) thesis or (2) internship. In the internship route students are expected to complete an internship or practicum during the summer between their first and second year. Students then enroll in a three credit hour course in the Fall of their second year, during which they complete a comprehensive paper detailing their experience as it relates to MHRM courses and their personal development. I selected this route, and interned this summer with Texas Instruments.

Instagram pic I snapped this summer while on TI’s campus

Let me get the obvious out of the way right now- yes it is the company that made the calculator that you probably used to get through all of your high school math classes. However, you might be surprised to learn that the calculator is less than 5% of TI’s business. In actuality, TI is a semiconductor company. TI creates and manufactures microprocessor chips and transistors that power and give functionality to all kinds of today’s technology.

This summer I worked as a Human Resources intern. During my thirteen weeks in Dallas I worked on multiple projects that spanned across many of TI’s business units. My projects touched staffing, training and development, global mobility, HR generalist work, and more. I worked with a range of TI’s employees from our engineers, to folks throughout HR, to VP’s from our CEO’s executive leadership team. The experience was more than I could have hoped for and I was thrilled to receive an offer to join TI’s Human Resource Development Program as a full time employee upon the completion of my master’s degree here at Fisher.

Now that I’ve accepted my offer and the pressure of finding a job is off the table, I’m looking forward to completing my final year of school and gathering as much knowledge and experience as possible to bring with me when I move down to Dallas to start work with Texas Instruments.


Bonding Time

Here is a photo of some of my classmates and I at the FisherServes volleyball tournament. We all contributed $5 to play in the tournament and it went to the charity of the winning team’s choice. It was a very fun and carefree event. There was music, pizza, and lots of laughter. I highly recommend getting involved with FisherServes. It is a community service based organization here at Fisher College of Business that connects all of the Fisher students and helps to strengthen our surrounding community. In the Spring there is the Fisher 5K and multiple events throughout the year, be sure to check out the website if you are interested.

Getting involved in organizations such as FisherServes is a great way to connect with classmates and to help strengthened friendships. It gives you a chance to bond outside of the classroom. Also, it never hurts to get involved because it is a great way to help build your resume as well. Being involved in many activities and working in teams is an awesome way to gain experience. As an MHRM student you will be working a lot in team environments so by actively participating in organizations such as this you are strengthening your skill set and having fun doesn’t sound too shabby! My advice get involved and have fun doing it :)

 


MHRM Career Foundation Seminar

By now, recruiting season is in full swing. Last week was the Fisher Fall Career Fair open to all Fisher students and featuring over two hundred employers. This week is the more intimate graduate student recruiting event, where graduate students from all of our programs can have the opportunity to meet employers who are specifically seeking master’s level students. I am fortunate to have received a full time offer from the company with which I interned so I am skipping the recruiting mayhem this year. But, let me take you back a couple weeks to tell you a bit about what we’ve done for our first year MHRMs to get them prepared for the busy fall season.

As the MHRM class of 2014 rolled back in to Columbus after our various summer internships, we were beyond excited to get to know the incoming first year class. With a full year behind us, we didn’t want to waste any time sharing all we had learned in our first year with our new classmates. I had the opportunity to participate in the 2013 MHRM Career Foundation Seminar on the panel of peers.

The Career Foundation Seminar was hosted by the Office of Career Management with the purpose of exposing the incoming class to careers in human resources. The afternoon consisted of an opening from one of our Fisher professors, a keynote address by Brian Boukalik, Director of Human Resources, North American Truck Division at Eaton Corporation. Brian spoke about the path many HR professionals take in their careers today (hint: there is no one set path). The panel of peers followed Brian’s talk and a panel of professionals- including folks from Batelle, Eaton, Rolls Royce, and Marathon- followed us. Audra Fry wrapped up the day with some tips on competitive interview preparation.

Our panel was composed of four current second year MHRM students who spoke on behalf of our class to the incoming MHRM students. I was thrilled to sit on the panel with my fellow second years, as that portion of the day was easily one of the most fun and helpful parts of the day when I attended last year. We shared our experiences regarding preparation for the internship search, recruiting, and our unique experiences at our internships this past summer. Questions from the first years ranged from what to expect, what organizations are looking for in the interview process, how we applied our classroom knowledge to our internship work, and much more.

I loved having the opportunity to share my experiences with the first years, and I know they appreciated the chance to hear directly from us. We’ve continued to strengthen the connection between the 2014 and 2015 classes throughout our first full week through quick chats in halls, the initial MHRM council meeting, and of course our weekly outing at the bar across the street- The Thirsty Scholar. Everyone I’ve met so far has been wonderful, and I know we’ve got an exciting year ahead of us.


Bump, Set, Spike!

And the winner is …FLIPFLIP!

Friday night was the first volleyball tournament hosted by FisherServes (a student organization that focuses on volunteering and community service). I am the VP of Marketing for this organization and was so excited to be part of the team that put on this event.

Quick basics of the event:

FisherServes invited students from all programs to create a team for the tournament. There was a six player minim for teams and at least two girls needed to be present on the court at all times.

Players paid $5 to play and picked a charity to “play for”. FisherServes matched the funds raised and donated the total to the winning’s team charity.

So, obviously I am a little biased, but I thought it was a huge success. I was so touched by the generosity of the Fisher family.

The winning team on Friday was FLIP-FLIP. Due to their incredible volleyball skills, FisherServes will be giving $850 ($425 donated by the players and $425 matched by FisherServes) to the charity, Flip. This remarkable charity helps individuals live a lifestyle that prevents cancer through a shift of thinking and holistic approaches.

the winning team FLIP-FLIP and some members of the FisherServes Exec. Team

On FLIP-FLIP was Mary, Lindsey, Tara, Ryan, Todd and Joel. This combined team of MHRM’s & MBA’s played a hard fought game against, The Avengers, a team of talented MHRM students.

I know what you’re thinking – we have talented volleyball all-stars across ALL programs here at Fisher :)

*To learn more about FisherServes or other organizations that I am involved with, please see my recent post: Getting Involved – With Precision*

See everyone soon!

 


Tests and Teams

A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall.”      -Vince Lambardi
We have reached the time for our first exams of the semester.  For some this is a dreadful process and for others it is a walk in the park.  At the graduate level, you should expect tests to be composed of open ended questions and essays that cover material from readings, case studies, and classroom discussions.

The first test is somewhat worrisome because you don’t quite know what the professor wants or how they grade; and, it doesn’t help that there are usually only two tests and a project for each class.  As long as you actively read and apply it to class discussions you will be prepared.  Still, most of my classmates were a little nervous.

After completing the first test, two essay questions.  I feel good about my effort and knowledge.  Unlike undergrad exams, the questions were very broad and required a comprehensive understanding of the subject.  There was an organic meeting with some of my classmates after we finished the test and there were mixed feelings (although I feel we all did just fine!)

When I was in 8th grade, I had a teacher that said being able to work in teams is essential to getting ahead in life.  The MHRM program places a great emphasis on teamwork.  As a full time student, I am taking one semester long class and four half semester classes.  Each course has a component that requires teamwork to complete a paper and presentation.

The purpose of our current projects are to identify how organizations implement the elements of business that we have been studying.  For example we have been been reading and discussing about high performance organizations and how to determine if a business could be considered one.  As HR professionals, we will carry much of the burden of developing these aspects in the organizations we represent.  These projects have deepened my professional network and allowed me to understand what HR managers actually do… well at least gain a better understanding.

Aside from gaining valuable insight into actual businesses, our groups are composed of students with different backgrounds and some from different countries.  In my opinion, this is the best way to learn how to work with others.  With three projects going simultaneously,  I am sharpening my time management, organizational, and leadership skills.  As a former coach, I enjoy working with a tight knit group to accomplish a goal, and this is exactly what you can expect from the MHRM students in the Fisher College of Business.

On a side note, Ohio State football is awesome!  On home games, there is a sea of scarlet and gray all around campus.  The camaraderie and school spirit at Ohio State rivals any school in the country.  You can feel the excitement when you walk through the miles of tailgaters, join in the chants of “OH” “IO”, and smell the cooking from thousands of grills.  If you aren’t fortunate enough to have a ticket, I would suggest joining the crowds in one of the local bars or restaurants.  Just make sure your wearing the right colors and join in the spirit of Buckeye nation!

 


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