Posts filed under 'MHRM'

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!

 


Give yourself a break…

There will be times in graduate school where you will feel overwhelmed and helpless. You will wonder how do I survive this?! This past week has been one of those weeks for me. I wondered how can I juggle all of this and maintain my sanity? But you can and you will. This past week I experienced my first Career Fair, which was overwhelming to say the least. But all you have to do is pick and choose the companies that interest you. You approach their booth with confidence and questions. You hand them your resume and thank them for their time. Then you happily walk away. It is really not as scary as I made it out to be. My interview was the same, I was nervous and apprehensive, terrified of making a mistake. But at the end of the day you prepare to the best of your ability. You do background research on the company and get to know yourself. Know your resume and be able to explain your accomplishments. In the end it is all about exuding confidence and being okay with making mistakes, because they are inevitable.

The same goes for your exams, you will sometimes enter exams and draw blanks, other times you know the material like the back of your hand. Prepare to the best of your ability, meet with your peers, and ask your professors for help. I highly recommend in graduate school reading the material and taking good notes. But at the end of the day you prioritize and make time for yourself. There will be a lot of reading and a lot of preparation for interviews, exams, and class. After you get your work done, hang out with friends and enjoy your time here. Rekindle old friendships and be sure to make new connections with classmates here at Fisher. They will be your support system and your shoulder to lean on when times get tough. If you need help or guidance ask the 2nd year students here at Fisher for advice, or ask your classmates who have prior experience. A final note, be present and take things one step at a time. Then afterwards relish in your accomplishments, even if that is just getting through your first interview or exam…


Festival Time!

When I moved to Columbus three years ago I was surprised how much I liked it. Who knew this capital city in a “fly-over” state would have so many amazing restaurants, so much culture, and be filled with incredibly friendly and accomplished people. In fact, Columbus was recently rated as the smartest city in America. It was also ranked as one of the best cities to be young, broke, and single- something I find particularly appealing as a poor graduate student. For more on Columbus be sure to see this page.

 

One of the best things about Columbus is the plethora of festivals in the summer and fall months.  I just visited one of my favorites, the Columbus Greek Festival.  What’s not to love about delicious Greek food and ethnic dancing? There’s a lot more to do at this festival as well like visit the numerous gift shops and attend cultural events like cooking demos. In addition, the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral is stunning. I am looking forward to enjoying a few more festivals before it gets cold like the Columbus Oktoberfest and Circleville Pumpkin Show. So much more fun to be had! For more on Columbus festivals see this page.


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.

 


Welcome back! (courtesy The Band Perry)

After a summer away I could not be more excited to return to Columbus for my second and final year in the MHRM program. I spent this summer interning at SpringHill Camps in Evart, MI. It was an incredible three months, but it is safe to say that by the end I was beyond ready to come back to friends, family, and Fisher.

Amanda Rose, Me, Ashley Canfield, and Mary Alexander at the concert

 

The Band Perry, courtesy of OUAB

We finished up our first mini week of classes by attending The Ohio Union Activities Board’s (OUAB) Welcome Week concert. This year, OUAB sponsored The Band Perry and special guest Charlie Worsham. Last year’s concert artists included Big Sean, Chainz and Krewella. So, naturally, I was super excited to hear that country music was going to be featured this year. OUAB set up the stage in the Northwest Stadium Parking Lot to accommodate all OSU students. Best fo all, the Welcome Week Concert was completely free to students!

Having all our MHRM classes at night sometimes inhibits our ability to go to concerts, lectures and other special events. Since it was our first Thursday in class, we got out of class early enough to not only see The Band Perry, but catch most of Charlie Worsham’s performance as well.

Kimberly Perry, The Band Perry’s lead singer was incredibly energetic and exciting on stage.  The Band Perry performed all their biggest hits, “You Lie,” “If I Die Young,” “Better Dig Two” and “Done.” While singing “All Your Life,” the generators suddenly blew out and the stage went completely dark. Luckily, the sound was still working and The Band Perry continued their set. The technicians worked diligently and one song later, the spotlight returned. It was a great start to the year! I am looking forward to OUAB presenting “An Evening with Josh Radnor,” a lecture with How I Met Your Mother star and writer in September!


Ohhhh, back to school. Back to school. Back to school…

As of last night I’ve had three classes, I’ve become friends with some of my classmates, and I’ve learned that I can make it through three hours of lecture after working all day. Most importantly, I’ve learned that my decision to become a Masters of Human Resources Management student at Fisher College of Business was most definitely a good one.

The last two weeks have been an exciting whirlwind. I decided to take the plunge as a MHRM graduate student after five years of working as an Account Executive in advertising and marketing. In May I was convinced that this was the program for me. On August 12, the day before our orientation, I had some nervous hesitations. For instance, I didn’t graduate with a business degree and it’d been a long time since I’d gone to class, had homework and studied for exams. Lastly, I knew no one in my program. However, I am so glad that I ignored these fears.

Fortunately, the first night of orientation proved that the MHRM program at Fisher College of Business is exactly what I wanted. My classmates are incredibly friendly, successful, and intelligent and even had the same insecurities as me on our first night. The first-year MHRM class is diverse in experiences but still united in our goal to become leaders in Human Resource Management. I know I will learn so much from them. The second-year class is amazing and ready to offer snippets of wisdom from everything they’ve learned and experienced in the program. The faculty at Fisher is outstanding. Class is interesting and engaging. I feel so fortunate to have such accomplished teachers.

So now after a week of class, lots of reading, learning my way around campus and even a class field trip to the Thirsty Scholar, I find myself smiling. I am so happy to be a first-year MHRM student.


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