Well I am officially over this weather and this quarter (and I haven’t even taken a midterm yet), so obviously I am looking onward to all the joys of spring quarter on campus:
- Watching people on “Oval Beach”
- Seeing people bust out the flip flops and shorts as soon as it cracks 50 degrees (yes, I’m serious)
- The public university and its freedom of speech (insert Oval preacher and anti-abortion activists…with their opponents right out there debating them)
- Warm weather
- The spring football game with at least 70,000 people in attendance – for a PRACTICE game
- Trying to find time to help my fifth-year friends celebrate their last quarter
Class? Yes class. I have actually looked forward to spring quarter classes. I’m sorry, but between this weather, gliding to class on ice, the cold, and having foundations, research methods, and statistics all into one quarter, I have just not found any interest in this quarter. Now, I realize that these classes are important and necessary, but “going through the motions” is an understatement. (It might be due to the weather :-))
One of the things that I have liked with this program is that our academic adviser will just tell us what to register for. However, at the beginning of the quarter there was an MLHR elective session held where professors who taught different electives came in and gave quick presentations about each of their classes. At first I thought it was pointless, since I thought that we just once again would be told what to do, until I went to the Master Class Schedule and saw that we actually do have to pick between 2 classes for each day we have class. Next quarter we only have class on Monday and Wednesday. If so, I will be so excited to that my academic Fridays will be on Hump Day… I have been so jealous of the second-years being done by Wednesdays at 9pm (Thursday night classes can be hard on one’s “interest level”).
I don’t schedule until next week, but I am not sure what classes I should take! It would be easier to know if I had an internship, because I would then be able to anticipate the skills and know what I would be working on in the summer, so that I could know what to take but alas I do not so I will have to do some guessing.
Mondays: Human Resources Information Systems (eHR) or Seminar in Human Resource Policy?
HRIS: I think they said that they would no longer be offering this class when they switch to semesters so is it a waste of time to take or should I take advantage of it right now? Electronic HR, from what I’ve read, is not very strategic and many times gets outsourced. However, it is important and one must learn how to master the operational aspects of HR before moving to the top dog management table.
Seminar: The class is about the employee relationship, and organizational development and motivation from an economic perspective. I have not taken any economic related courses in college, so that would be helpful to have, and it would probably help me develop business acumen. But would it be helpful in a summer internship?
Tuesdays: Employee Training and Development or Staffing the Organization
Hands down THE BIGGEST DILEMMA. No matter what, I can guarantee almost everyone of us will need to use one if not both of these skills in their internships. Will my internship want me to create a training program or will they want me to help with recruiting, sourcing, and interviewing? Or what if I get an internship after the summer? Which class would it have been better for me to take? Ugh.
Wednesdays: International HR or Compensation Theory and Practice?
Not as a big of dilemma, but it could be. I will probably take Compensation (because I love Prof. Heneman), but what if I get an internship with a global organization? What if it is more important to know about international HR, and if I end up not having to do anything with compensation in my internship? Sighing once again.
After checking there are 2 other classes that I think we can take (but they were either not present at the session I went to or were not recommended for us to take until our second year).
Managerial Negotiations: That is offered on Mondays, but I remember one of the second-year MLHR bloggers discussing this class last fall, so I just assume that will be a core class that we take next year.
Performance Management: This is currently not a required class, but when the program switches to semesters it will be. Should I take it now since that is where the program is headed into the future since it is an elective? Maybe, but this class is on Thursday (not saying that that should be a reason not to take it but I have lot of choices being thrown at me!).
I also am thinking about who else in my cohort is going to take what class. I also want to take classes with professors I am familiar with but also want to get new experiences with different professors. TOO MANY DECISIONS.
Well I have approximately 6 days to figure it out. No matter what, I think these classes will be interesting and be able to engage me more. If anyone has any suggestions please feel free to throw them my way!