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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!

 


To New Beginnings…

“Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.” - Napoleon Hill

Before I begin to enlighten you about the MHRM program at The Ohio State University, you should know a little about me.

I graduated from a small private college in the foothills of the Arkansas Ozarks.  After graduating, I married and moved back to Texas to pursue a career in education.  I taught high school History and coached varsity football.  I have to admit that there is something special about coaching football on Friday nights in Texas.  Six years later, I knew that a career change would be the best move for my family.  I worked for Google as a Field Marketing Representative in Austin for about a year and then took a job as a licensed Personal Banker for JP Morgan Chase.  Last year, I decided to move my wife and son up north to one of the top ranked Human Resource Management programs in the United States. 

So why did I choose Human Resource Management as a graduate degree?  This took a lot of personal assessment and collaboration with friends and family.  Career evaluation tests suggested that my skills would be a great fit for Human Resources.  The future of the field was promising as most businesses realize the importance of human capital.  And, after speaking with other HR professionals, I understood that this would be a fulfilling career.  I became more and more confident that this would be a great field for me.

My fear when applying to this program centered around my lack of relevant education and experience.  Those fears have been completely erased.  During orientation, my cohort shared these same fears and concerns.  As I have learned from talking with some HR executives and from the second year MHRM students, the program at Ohio State prepares you to hit the ground running.  The professors offer an excellent mix of academia and work experience.  Companies that recruit the MHRM students acknowledge the elite value of the program.  Most importantly, the courses are designed to build a business savvy foundation.

I had a desire to attend a highly rated MHRM program that was based in a business school.  This narrowed my choices to a few colleges.  What set Ohio State above the rest was the quality of the professors, its well connected alumni, and the relationship with high profile companies.  So far, my expectations have been exceeded.

 



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