GE 2nd Round Interview – Crotonville, NY

Currently, I am on-site and on-assignment at the GE HRLP 2nd Round Interview Forum located in Crotonville, New York.  The last couple of days have been non-stop.  From airport to airport to informational meetings/interviews for internships has been fun, fast-paced, chaotic and a blur.  At the moment, I feel like I still am trying to catch my breath all the while trying to make the most of this experience.

While at GE Crotonville, I have met a lot of great graduate students from across the United States who are also interviewing for internship positions within GE.  It has been a great experience to connect with fellow HR students from different programs like Vanderbilt, Columbia, University of South Carolina and Indiana University.  I am very thankful and fortunate to have been chosen by GE to represent The Ohio State University – Fisher College of Business and I hope that I make the university and the MLHR program proud.

During our down time, we are making home-made greeting cards for the Project Sunshine initiative.  Project Sunshine is a non-profit organization that provides free educational, recreational and social programs for children facing medical challenges and their families.  Check out my card design (picture) at the end of the blog. 

All in all, I am very excited to be here interviewing with GE.  Thus far, it has been a great experience.  I will tell you, GE sure does know how to feed you like a KING – and I mean KING.  The food spread is amazing – especially the 13 Starbuck’s Frappuccinos I have dominated so far.  I have personally attributed my alertness during my interviews to Starbuck’s.  TGFS (Thank Goodness For Starbucks).

I am very thankful fellow MLHR & 2nd-year graduate student, Jue Wang, was invited to the GE HRLP Forum.  It has been refreshing to speak with him and gain some valuable insight into the MLHR program as well as having an “partner in crime” to associate with while I’m we are on this trip.  I think of Jue as the “coolest Asian I know”.  Not because he’s Asian, but because he is COOL.  He reminds me of an Asain version of Tom Cruise.  He is a great guy and I am glad that I got an opportunity to connect with him.  Jue is interviewing for a Full-time position; I am interviewing for an summer internship.  I wish him the best of luck – he definitely deserves it.

As I get ready to prepare for my next round of interviews, I have attached some pictures of the trip. 


Home Sick (w/ bonus zucchini bread recipe)

I’m sure some of you, when you first read the title of this blog thing that I miss home. However, it means that I am literally sick at home. This is going to be a short blog due to the fact that I am still sick.

Monday, I left OSU work early because I suddenly didn’t feel well at all. After making zucchini bread (which is delicious by the way), I went straight to bed, and Tuesday morning woke up feeling like a semi had just ran over me. After calling in sick, Benjamin says “well you sure don’t sound like it’s going to be difficult for them to believe you’re sick”. That, of course, made me feel so much better. Tuesday night, I decided to try to see if I felt well enough to make some salsa with the veggies out of my in-laws’ gardens. The salsa, like the zucchini bread, is also amazing – and I forgot to mention the zucchini was home grown as well. Wednesday morning arrived and feeling just as horrible as Tuesday, I crawled onto the couch and camped out all day.

Good news is, I caught up on my reading. Bad news is I missed the interviews I scheduled last week. I know I wasn’t on the interview board, but it still would have been really great experience to see the entire process. Additionally, I missed a visit to the plant by a very special guest today…none other than Dr. E. Gordon Gee himself! Dr. Gee and I – we’re almost on first name basis. Seriously! When I was in the marching band, he knew my name, but it’s been a few years and we haven’t had as frequent contact as before. See the picture below. I’m just to the right of Dr. Gee in the picture. That’s at the Fiesta Bowl practice in January 2009.

Singing Carmen Ohio with Dr. Gee

And finally, so that you all can have something to do the next time you’re home sick, I leave you with one of the two recipes which got me through my hopefully ending sickness. Happy cooking!

Chocolate Zucchini Bread (Weight Watcher Friendly)
2 C sugar
3/4 C Egg Substitute
1/3 C Canola Oil
2 T Water
1 T Vanilla Extract
2 1/2 C Shredded Zucchini
2 1/2 C All Purpose Flour
1/2 C Unsweetened Cocoa
1 t Baking Soda
1 t Ground Cinnamon
1/4 t Baking Powder

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Coat 2-4×8″ loaf pans with nonstick spray
In medium bowl, use an electric mixer and beat sugar, egg substitute, oil, water and vanilla at medium speed
Stir in zucchini
Add dry ingredients and stir until moistened; divide batter between pans
Bake until toothpick comes out clean
Cool in pans on wire rack for 10 minutes
Remove loaves from pan and allow to cool completely on wire rack
This recipe freezes well

Real Experience

Now that the State Fair is over, I’m starting to settle into somewhat of a “normal” routine. I have nothing coming up that I need to leave work early for, I am able to have normal working hours and I feel as though I can be productive at both of my jobs. It’s a nice feeling. I also don’t feel as though I need to take work home in order to stay caught up with my work. That’s also nice because I’m finally nearing the end of unpacking from the move and the wedding. Our apartment is starting to look like a real home, and it’s pretty cool!

Yesterday, while I was at GE, I was going about our daily routine, when my boss came into my cubicle and asked me to phone screen some candidates and schedule interviews. I was pretty excited. It was the first real HR experience I’ve had all summer. Granted, I’ve sat in on union meetings, ‘people moves’ meetings and a lot of stuff HR related, but I haven’t felt like I was in an HR role. It was pretty cool. One individual – he asked how to get to the plant, and I asked where he was coming from. To my complete surprise, he said “Orlando.” My response of “Florida?” I’m sure sounded quite surprised. He said “yes,” and for a second, I didn’t know how to respond. After that call, I finished my calls and lined up the interviews for next week. I’m rearranging my OSU schedule so that I can be there for the interviews when I normally wouldn’t be. I’m excited.

Another thing that’s really exciting is one of my classmates – Mandy Molter, a fellow Fisher Grad Life Blogger – works at the Circleville GE plant. She’s coordinating all of the Co-Ops for 3 or 4 plants and she and I are working together to develop an exit interview/feedback session for the Co-Ops. Again, excited – it’s real experience that I’ve been waiting all summer for. I am sad, however, because my GE BLP HR Co-Op, Rana, is no longer my cubicle buddy. Her last day was Friday, so now I’m all by myself in the space.

I’ve started the search for a full-time job. It may be premature, but I figure it’s probably good of me to start the process and get a few interviews under my belt so that I can have that experience again. I feel as though I’m a little rusty. I’m also signed up to help with the incoming MLHR student orientation. I’m really excited. We’re going to be facilitating some team building exercises. It should be a lot of fun.

For now, I’m off to a Women In Engineering event in a little bit. Should be fun. I really enjoy the demos that some of the grad students do. I’ll try to take pictures to post. Happy Wednesday!

Well it’s Back to Reality

Oh man. What a whirlwind the last 2 weeks have been. I am now reporting to you as an “old married lady” as my friends now call me. The week leading up to the wedding was, let’s just say eventful. The Tuesday before the wedding, my sister/maid of honor was hit, head on, as she was driving home from work. After totaling her car, fracturing her sternum and having a significant amount of bruising, she still looked absolutely beautiful. Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, my car was broken into. What did they steal? A GPS with a screwed up display and almost out of battery, and oops, they didn’t take the charger for it. And they also stole my Straight No Chaser CD. If you don’t know who they are, they’re an acapella group from Indiana University, and they’re fantastic. Watch this video of them singing the 12 Days of Christmas in a way you’ve never seen before. So after those two snafus, the wedding went off without a hitch. It rained, but about 30 minutes away from where my wedding was, and the rest of day was absolutely beautiful. I only have a few pictures from the day so far, but below is one of my favorites of what I do have. 🙂

The reception was a lot of fun, too. Oh boy, I did not know wedding dresses could get so heavy and hot as the day goes on. It’s alright though. I had so much fun. As soon as we get our wedding pictures back, I’ll be sure to post some online. It may take a while though. They took close to 1,500 pictures and they have to edit them all. Definitely not a job I would want.

The honeymoon was a blast as well. We went to Yellowstone National Park and the Tetons. After seeing a bison take out the front panel of a car, almost hitting two wolves as they ran out in front of us, watching black bears and grizzly bears snack on some berry bushes on the side of the road, and horse back riding, we can honestly say we had a blast. We had a lot of fun. Pictures are below.

We hiked a lot, too. I would definitely go back.

This week, however, is a 40-hour work week.  Benjamin gets the week of from work, so he has a “honey-do” list. The first is buying a washer and dryer!!! I however, will be working hard at finishing my training for GE, catching up on what I missed at both jobs, and preparing for the summer camps MSE offers. It should be a fun filled week.

And so I sign off, for the first time, ever, as Amanda Wenner. Have a great week everyone!

Officially Almost Complete

Well, now that I finally have Internet back, I figured I would get a good post in before things got really busy this weekend. Since my last post, I have moved, started a new job and this Saturday will be my last day at my job of 3 1/2 years. Sad face. But, as with everything else, all good things must come to an end.

So, my first day at GE – well, my first two days. They were fairly uneventful. I did a lot of safety training – A LOT! The other CO-OP, Rana, took me on a tour of the plant. She said it was like the blind leading the blind because she had only been there a week. It was really interesting, though. I’ve never been in an industry setting, much less a union setting. There is definitely a very unique culture. The vast majority of employees have been working there for 30 years or so, and then a small percentage were hired within the last two years. It’s just a very different vibe from the two sets of employees. On Tuesday, I got to see the production of black lights. Apparently GE only produces them once a year, and I was lucky enough to be there. It’s really awesome. I’ll try and take some pictures, but I’m not sure that would fly, because of proprietary information, etc, but I’ll see what I can do. For now, I do have a picture of my 50 minute drive to Bucyrus on my first day. It’s a nice drive, and very scenic, but very long.

My drive to work - country roads, take me home...

I know, not safe to take pictures while driving, but at least I stopped. I figured there was no one coming either direction so it was ok.

Next week should be more exciting. I’ll get into the training of how to set up job postings and manage them, and schedule people for interviews and do phone interviews, etc.

I also moved into my new apartment over the weekend. Again, more pictures to come, but I do have pictures of my new bed and dresser. 🙂 It’s a great apartment. Internet was installed yesterday, I finally have my mailbox keys, and even though we’re next to a train track, it’s very quiet. We can’t even hear the next door dog barking all of the time. I feel like he barks at his shadow. Oh well. Once we have more stuff unpacked, I’ll take pictures and post them.

In wedding world, my bachelorette party is this weekend, on Sunday. Should be fun. My sister is planning it. It’s weird to think my wedding is >>9!!!!<< days away! That’s crazy. Mostly everything is done, just small stuff now. We met with the DJ and our caterer to confirm everything, the honeymoon hotel is confirmed, and we should be set. Now we just have to make a list of everything we need to remember for the honeymoon so that we don’t forget something important…like a camera.

Tonight is our MHR 854 final. Thank goodness. I’m worn out due to having to remember everything at once, and it will be so much better to be able to be done with this school year. So far the grades that have come in are looking pretty good – no final grades yet, but an A- on the 854 project, a B+ on the 856 final, and who knows about 865. I’ll just be glad to be done with this quarter. It’s been rough.

For now, I’m off to study and get lunch. A shout out to Rob Chabot, the fearless leader of the My Fisher Grad Life Bloggers. He sent me a really nice email, and I am officially signed up to continue blogging through the summer and next school year. So, be on the lookout for more shenanigans being broadcast to the world.

Congratulations to everyone who is graduating this weekend. Be safe on senior crawl tonight!