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.
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.
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.
The MHRM program here at Fisher has a governing student organization called the MHRM Council. The council provides opportunities for students to interact socially with each other and the Columbus community, as well as business professionals both in the Columbus area and nationwide. The executive board also communicates with the Fisher faculty and staff regularly to ensure that our program is continually improving.
A few weeks ago we elected our new student officers for 2013-2014. A big congratulations is in order for these officers as they prepare to fill the shoes of the officers from this year! The 2012-2013 Council has made our first year in the MHRM program just a little bit easier and more exciting- which is exactly what they are here for!
Two of the biggest events the MHRM Council organizes are the Internal HR Case Competition – which you can read about here – and the HR Invitational Case Competition- which took place just a few weeks ago and includes teams from some of the top HR programs across the country. This year’s external case competition was co-sponsored by PepsiCo, Marathon Petroleum, and Eaton Corporation. Teams from Rutgers, Cornell, Minnesota, Illinois, and of course Ohio State worked all day Friday on a recruiting problem presented to them by PepsiCo, then presented their solutions to the judges Saturday morning. Congratulations to the students from Cornell who were selected as this year’s winning team.
This year’s MHRM Council also organized a mentoring program in coordination with the Human Resources Association of Central Ohio. Students were paired with a professional in the Columbus area to help them with making connections, mock-interviewing, job shadowing etc. My mentor work as a corporate recruiter for Northwoods, a software developer and service provider specifically for human services agencies. She helped me talk through my internship options when I had two offers on the table which was infinitely helpful in hearing an unbiased opinion for a professional in the HR field.
Along with these larger undertakings the Council has put on speaker events, community service days, and social events all of which have been great for getting to know our fellow classmates. In the Fall, the Council will be looking for its First Year Representative from the incoming class- if you are one of those students I highly recommend getting involved!
This past weekend myself and thirteen other Fisher MHRM students dedicated twelve hours of our lives to the children of Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s hematology and oncology departments during Ohio State’s annual Buckeyethon. The dance marathon took place from 8pm last Friday to 11pm Saturday with dancers choosing one of two twelve hour shifts. I chose to dance the overnight 8pm-8am shift.
As an undergraduate I participated in UCLA’s Dance Marathon so when the opportunity to participate in Ohio State’s version presented itself, I jumped at the chance. As a Buckeyethon dancer we individually pledged to raise a minimum of $100 “for the kids” at Children’s Hospital. As a whole, our MHRM group raised $4,555.13! On the day of we rounded up as much purple gear as we could and went to the Ohio Union to join our fellow purple team dancers along with all of the other students participating in this year’s event. Hundreds of students packed the union for opening ceremonies as we welcomed some of the children from Nationwide along with their families. Speakers reminded us why we were dancing, and we recognized those that were dancing specifically for friends or family members. It was then off to the ballroom to get our twelve hours of dancing started. During our twelve hours we danced, played games, met some amazing kids, made cards, colored pictures, ate, talked, and laughed.
If you have never participated in a dance marathon, it is truly an amazing experience. When you are tired, your feet hurt, your back is sore, and you just want to sit down- those are the times when you remember the kids you are dancing for and the pain that they have to go through on a sometimes daily basis as they battle all different types of cancer. Those thoughts give you strength to jump up and down, keep your blood pumping through your body, and fight through the little bit of pain. Our pain is temporary, and the same may not be able to be said for some of the kids at Nationwide (and across the country fighting similar illness).
In the end, Buckeyethon 2013 raised $608,623.29! The event was absolutely incredible, and it is my hope that next year we can get even more Fisher graduate students involved.
As part of a requirement for the MHRM program here at Fisher, most students need to find an internship to take on during the summer between our first and second year. This search can begin as early as the first few weeks of school and continue in to early spring semester. Every students experience is different.
Lucky for us, Fisher has developed strong relationships with all kinds of companies. Exxon Mobil, PepsiCo, Eaton Corporation, Rolls Royce, and many more come to campus specifically to recruit Fisher students. A list displaying some of the companies that recruit HR students here at Fisher can be found here.
My internship search began in September and I was fortunate to wrap it up in November. During those months I went on three first round/on campus interviews and two second round/on site interviews – leading to two offers and eventually the acceptance of one.
Everyone’s experience is different, some students have very specific interests that lead to searching for that perfect internship. Others are not quite sure where they want to go, leading them often to attend many info sessions and take more first round interviews in order to learn more about the options available to them. Some students wish to stay in the Columbus area, others (like myself) are more open to travel – I’ll be spending my summer in Dallas, TX.
The search can be overwhelming and stressful, but the experience of interviewing with top companies both here on Fisher’s campus and (when offered the opportunity) onsite at company headquarters is an excellent learning experience regardless of the final outcome. Personally I gained confidence in my own interviewing skills, learned the importance of networking, and experienced the frenzy that can come along with business related traveling.
This summer is sure to be a giant step out of my comfort zone, a humongous growth experience, and hopefully a lot of fun. I’m grateful (as I’m sure my fellow classmates are) to Fisher’s Career Management department for the part they play in maintaining strong relationships with top organizations. Now it’s up to us as interns to exemplify the quality of student that attends Fisher College of Business. I know I am certainly up for the challenge!
Most university Presidents/Chancellors do not have many opportunities to interact with students. At my undergraduate institution I saw the Chancellor at our “Freshman Welcome” event and at graduation, and I certainly never got the opportunity to meet him personally.
That is most definitely not the case with Ohio State’s President Mr. E. Gordon Gee. President Gee makes a massive effort to interact with as many students as he possibly can. You never know where you may run in to him! Gordon Gee comes to most big campus events- like Buckeye-A-Thon or the recent “Rock The Oval” concert with O.A.R. He comes to football games, meetings for student organizations, classes, graduation parties/engagements, and even campus bars.
President Gee is definitely a campus celebrity. Recently, while out on a Saturday night after a football game I had the great pleasure of meeting him. Just as my friends and I were walking out of one of the campus bars we noticed our bow-tie wearing university President walking in. Of course, we quickly turned around to score a photo with him. He was barely able to walk two steps in to the bar before students were crowding around him. He politely posed for pictures with everyone who asked, and even tried to have a mini conversation with everyone.
My interaction consisted of a quick picture (see above), after which he asked me what year I was- I told him I am an MHRM grad student at Fisher. He then asked where I went to undergrad and when I told him UCLA and that I had just moved out from CA a couple months ago, he responded “Don’t you just love it here?” Yes I do, President Gee. Yes I do.
In committing to being a blogger I assumed I would have no trouble posting at least once a week. I’ve recently realized that finding the time to share all the amazing things I am doing since beginning the MHRM program is not as simple as expected. Grad school is time consuming. I never envisioned otherwise, but even after four weeks there is still adjusting to be done.
A typical week for me includes class Mon, Wed, and Thurs evenings, work daily, meetings for extra curriculars, group projects, socializing with friends, searching/applying for internships, football games on Saturdays, and finding time to get all your homework/reading done. All that considered, it is far too easy to get busy. Even simple tasks like going to the grocery store get replaced with eating at Panera to accommodate studying for upcoming exams.
Speaking of exams- in the MHRM program we just completed our first set of midterms. After our second exam Wednesday we all let out a sigh of relief and vowed to continue to stay on top of our schoolwork in hopes that finals (just a few weeks from now) will not be too stressful. But first, to de-stress I think it is important to take a little bit of time for yourself.
Find some time to take a quick break from grad school craziness. Catch up on the DVR, hit the gym (which dearly missed you while you were studying), skype with your family or friends who are not in Columbus, take a walk to enjoy the beautiful fall weather, treat yourself to a fun dinner out with friends- I suggest Cap City Fine Diner and Bar, or simply take that nap you’ve been dying to take. Your body and mind will thank you. Trust me.
However, after you’ve de-stressed, jump right back in and get back to work; because I’ll take a busy, exciting grad school life at OSU over a monotonous, routine life anywhere else any day.
Confession- I am a massive football fan! Without a doubt those boys of fall make autumn the absolute best time of year. My undergrad institution didn’t necessarily have the best football team around (let’s just say we are much more well known for our basketball team) but Ohio State football has a long history of greatness when it comes to college football. If you don’t believe me, just check out those seven national championships.
This past Saturday marked the opener for the 2012 season; and the beginning of a new era in OSU football- the Urban Era. Personally, I could not be more excited to be attending a school with such a powerhouse program. Our boys introduced a new tradition this weekend- quick cals- and came out fighting, showing their dominance over Miami (OH) with a 56-10 victory.
This being only my second OSU football experience, it is safe to say I was overwhelmed when I walked in to The Shoe and saw the sea of scarlet cheering on our boys. Being a part of the student section in the south stands is absolutely incredible. I am still learning all the buckeye traditions but, after Saturdays game I’ve definitely got the Buckeye Bounce and kickoff O-H-I-O down!
Whether or not you are a football fan, you absolutely must take the time to go to an Ohio State football game. Trust me, if you don’t- you will be missing out on one of the most exciting opportunities this university has to offer. Attending a game, wearing your scarlet and gray amongst 100,000 other buckeye supporters is a fast and easy way to feel like you are a part of the massive Ohio State family and show off some school spirit!
“You left California… for Ohio?!” is the number one question I’ve been asked since arriving in Ohio three short weeks ago. It’s true, California is an amazing place- wonderful weather, beautiful scenery, and of course my incredible family and friends. But Ohio offered me something I couldn’t find in California.
I graduated from UCLA in June 2011 with a BA in International Development Studies and little intention of going to graduate school (at least not right away). Unfortunately the “real world” had other plans. I soon realized that a graduate degree and a bit more time to get some relevant career experience could make me a much more desirable employee. I began my search for a graduate program with Ohio State because it is the only university outside of CA to which I had any connection- a good friend attended OSU for undergrad and I visited during Fall 2010. Still, I didn’t want to put all my eggs in one basket so I applied to three other universities as well.
When decisions rolled in I learned I had been accepted to all four of the universities to which I had applied! But, that meant I had a TOUGH decision ahead of me. I decided to take a trip to three of the four schools to determine which might be the best fit. I met wonderful people and saw exceptional programs in Texas, Indiana, and Ohio. But, as I mentioned, Fisher was where I began my search for a graduate degree program and Ohio State already held a special place in my heart.
The personal connection I already felt intensified during my visit to Fisher. Each person I came in to contact with was so warm and welcoming. It was clear that Fisher is a supportive and collaborative environment- something I intended to find in a graduate program. Throughout the visit Fisher staff, students, and faculty shared their passion for the program and the university with me. They showed me that despite the massive size of Ohio State, at Fisher you are not a number. Fisher cares about each individual and provides them with the education and resources to succeed in their chosen field.
As I prepared to move 2300 miles away from my home and family, I looked forward to finding a new family and home away from home at Fisher. And I am already well on my way. There is no doubt in my mind that leaving CA was a great decision! And hey, I can always go back in two years.