K-State graduation year: May 2006
Degree: BS in human resources management
Current employer: Service Management Group
Position: Human resources administrator
How many times did you change your major during college?
Describe the process of choosing your major:
I enjoyed interacting with people of all ages and really enjoyed the idea of business. My aunt is in human resources and talked to me about what she did on a day to day basis. It sound like a good fit and was something I was interested in. I also really enjoyed my human resources classes so that helped me know I had made the right decision.
What activities/organizations were you involved in while in college?
Volleyball and basketball official at the K-State Rec Center
Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority
Greek Affairs risk management council
All-university homecoming committee
Beginning a promising profession club
Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity
Court appointed special advocate
Did you complete an internship or have related work experience prior to receiving your job?
I was an orientation leader the summer before I was hired as a K-State admissions representative. As an orientation leader I had the chance to meet new students and their families when they were on campus to enroll in classes.I enjoyed being able to help them, show them around campus, and answer their questions about K-State. Plus, it gave me a better understanding of the job of an admissions representative.
Describe the process of finding your first job:
My first job was with K-State, and it came with a very difficult interview process. I did, however, have the advantage of knowing a few people on the selection committee, and I knew some great people to help me prepare.
My second job was more difficult to get because of the poor economic conditions, which decreased the number of jobs available. I eventually found my current job after about three months, and it was through a friend that I was able to be hired. It is important to utilize your connections with friends and business colleagues when you're in the job search process.
Briefly describe a typical day at your job:
My day consists of working on different human resource projects, like reading client contracts, auditing background checks, making “new hire” binders, and creating schedules. I also do a lot with orientation for our new hires, as well as help with the interview process.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy interacting with people on a daily basis and the fact that every day there is something new for me to work on.
What are the most challenging aspects of your job?
When dealing with new hires I have to work with multiple groups of people. Trying to coordinate the schedules of so many people can be really challenging.
What advice would you give someone interested in your field?
Any experience you can get in human resources is worth it. Make sure to look up information on the certification testing for the Professional in Human Resources certificate so you can get that out of the way early.