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2015 HRINZ Student Ambassador Reflections: Harriet Riley

2015 HRINZ Student Ambassador Reflections: Harriet Riley

In this post Harriet Riley looks back on her time as a HRINZ Student Ambassador for Victoria University. Begin As a final year HR student I saw that how I would begin my career in Human Resources would largely depend on how I spent my last year at university. I knew that I would have to challenge myself outside of the classroom and work really hard in order to compete for those sought after graduate roles. Becoming a Student Ambassador presented me with new challenges and competencies and I am very grateful to HRINZ for providing me with such an opportunity. Up-skill A core part of the role of a Student Ambassador is to promote HRINZ and their events to HR students in lectures and tutorials. Public speaking is an area that I am still developing in and it was great to have the opportunity to practice this skill over the year (albeit nervously!). Another aspect of the role is organising events that students can participate in and benefit from. I am particularly proud of the student job search events that I organised alongside Laura Feathertone the other Wellington ambassador. We organised two experienced HR/recruiters, Richard Westney and Julie Barron, to come and share their knowledge to students who would be looking for their first job at the end of the year. The night was a huge success as Richard and Julie provided invaluable industry knowledge and jobseekers tips. It was so rewarding at the end of the evening to see students thanking Richard and Julie for their time and know that organising this event had been really beneficial for them. Connect As a Student Ambassador you are part of your local branch committee which meets regularly and gives you the chance to meet and work with the experienced...

posted on: Feb 12, 2016 | author: Guest post

2015 HRINZ Student Ambassador Reflections: Ayla Tranter

2015 HRINZ Student Ambassador Reflections: Ayla Tranter

In this post Ayla Tranter looks back on her time as the HRINZ Student Ambassador for the University of Canterbury. I am truly grateful for the opportunities and experience that HRINZ offered me as the 2015 Canterbury Student Ambassador. I had the privilege of belonging to a dynamic committee that thrived under great leadership and was incredibly supportive. Throughout the year I was able to network with HR professionals from various disciplines, attend HRINZ events that broadened my thinking and develop the necessary skills that were involved in the leadership of HRINZ events. Participating in these activities developed my knowledge and skills within HR as well as my personal and professional skills. I enjoyed being a part of an association that promoted the involvement, competence and professional development of HR students. In my appointment as a student ambassador an aspect I found particularly rewarding was the support I was able to offer my fellow students who were in a similar situation in their journey of transitioning into HR workforce. I am incredibly proud of my achievements as the Canterbury HRINZ Student Ambassador and grateful for the support and assistance of Emma Hanson – HRINZ Canterbury Branch Committee Tertiary Liaison, and the 2013 Student Ambassador, throughout the year. I delivered a number of presentations to students in lectures promoting HRINZ membership and various HRINZ events. Student events were also advertised through emails and the HRINZ student Facebook pages. Emma and I conducted a survey to determine what topics HR students were interested in. The results of the survey led us to organise a student based law event in association with the University of Canterbury. Employment Law Specialist, Sarah Townsend was kind enough to be a guest speaker at this event. Her presentation and case studies regarding essential employment law were...

posted on: Feb 10, 2016 | author: Guest post

2015 HRINZ Student Ambassador Reflections: Laura Featherstone

2015 HRINZ Student Ambassador Reflections: Laura Featherstone

In this post Laura Featherstone looks back on her time as a 2015 HRINZ Student Ambassador at Victoria University. I could not have asked for a better experience as a HRINZ Student Ambassador. This opportunity opened up doors to meet people in the HR industry and helped me learn more about the profession, outside of what we hear in lectures. The opportunity to do these two things interested me the most when deciding to apply for the Student Ambassador position, especially because it was my last year at university and the next year I was hoping to be working in the profession. I’m excited to continue working in HR. I love the challenges I face everyday and applying my knowledge from university to the workplace. I also learn a lot more that isn’t taught in the classroom. Before I got my first position, I really appreciated the words of wisdom from everyone I met as Student Ambassador and I hope to be able to pass this on to others who are new to the workforce in the future. The Student Ambassadorship offered me unique challenges that I had never faced before. While planning some of the events for HRINZ, I gained valuable organisation and leadership skills. Harriet, the other student ambassador from Victoria University, and myself had to organise speakers for our event, rooms and catering, be the MCs and promote the event to students at Victoria University. These leadership and organisation skills will be invaluable in the future and I wrote about these skills on my CV. Being the HRINZ Student Ambassador was instrumental to gaining my first position in HR. I can’t wait to see what the future of HR is going to look like. The 2015 HRINZ NZ HR Conference opened up with an interesting speaker who...

posted on: Feb 5, 2016 | author: Guest post

2015 Student Ambassador Reflections: Leah Barker

2015 Student Ambassador Reflections: Leah Barker

In this post Leah Barker, looks back on her time as the 2015 HRINZ Student Ambassador for Massey University (Manawatu). This student ambassador role must be one of the best opportunities available for students with aspirations to enter the HR workforce. It takes students out of lectures and involves them with professionals who can teach and provide advice for the student’s own career path. The networking opportunities help increase the awareness of the student and can provide further opportunities, particularly with emphasis on a common phrase used in HR, “it’s about who knows you, not who you know”. I also learnt a lot more truths about the industry and received a more realistic view about the pros and cons that may come with a related job from shared stories at HR Connect events. Having this experience helps set expectations about what is to come, combined with information on how to conquer challenges. The student ambassador role also teaches a broader range of skills. I dabbled in event management and public speaking which helped me recognise the level of organisational skills required, something I am continually working on! Networking has also been a hugely valuable skill I have learnt within this role, from meeting the other student ambassadors to making connections with the experts at the NZ HR Conference and Expo. My advice for the next student ambassador would definitely emphasise the need to converse with student groups to encourage membership and create awareness of events. Although I did this on a few occasions, my slight fear of public speaking particularly meant I avoided this activity; this therefore limited the likelihood of increasing membership. But this is a skill I am eager to improve! This opportunity has for sure developed a foundation of experience and knowledge to begin my career. This role...

posted on: Feb 3, 2016 | author: Guest post

2015 HRINZ Student Ambassador Reflections: Makarita Ngapine Tangitu-Joseph

2015 HRINZ Student Ambassador Reflections: Makarita Ngapine Tangitu-Joseph

In this post Makarita Ngapine Tangitu-Joseph looks back on her time as the 2015 HRINZ Student Ambassador for the University of Waikato. What did you get out of being a HRINZ Student Ambassador? I was able to meet and network with people which has enhanced my knowledge and taught me about the many roles and functions HR has to play within an organisation. I also learnt new information that will help me in my career and it has also given me ideas of what I can research for my Masters Thesis. I have also made new friends whom I will keep in contact with in the future. What is your view on the future of HR? HR has many roles within an organisation, job analysis and design, workforce planning, training and development, recruitment and selection, performance management, remuneration and legal issues. In these roles I think that there is a focus on meeting organisational objectives with little emphasis placed on the individual employee and their individual desires and aspirations. As I think many organisations are starting to recognise the importance of building positive healthy relationships with their employees I believe that HR in the future will have an important role to play which will entail building relationships with all stakeholders involved in the organisation. Thereby realising what is meaningful to its employees and helping them achieve individual goals and reach their full potential. By utilising these relationships effectively I believe that organisation’s productivity will be driven by employee goals and aspirations, not organisational objectives. This will allow all stakeholders to feel that they are equally valued within their organisation which will have a positive impact on their motivation and in turn productivity within the organisation, working together to achieve not only their personal goals, but those of the organisation. By building...

posted on: Feb 2, 2016 | author: Guest post

2015 HRINZ Student Ambassador Reflections: Paige Allan

2015 HRINZ Student Ambassador Reflections: Paige Allan

In this post Paige Allan, looks back on her time as the 2015 HRINZ Student Ambassador for Otago University. A huge opportunity was given to me when I was chosen to fill the role of HRINZ Student Ambassador for Otago and it is one of my proudest achievements. There were many highlights of my year in this role including being able to spread my knowledge about HR with other students, attending the HRINZ NZ HR conference which was full of inspiration and being able to network with so many HR practitioners, as it was through this role that I met the people I work with today. After setting a number of goals early in 2015, it is interesting to look back on what has and hasn’t been achieved. The Management department at Otago University was very encouraging, therefore I was able to attend a number of different lectures (in many cases numerous times) to speak to students from first year through to third year about HRINZ and a career in HR. Also, being a tutor in a compulsory 100 level Management paper allowed me to pass on information about frequent HRINZ events and how students could participate. By doing this, I achieved my goals of starting conversation or at the least creating awareness throughout the student population about HRINZ and what the organisation does. The Otago University Career day also allowed me to do this and gave me the chance to speak individually with students who wanted to know more. There are many things I wish I had achieved while in this role such as being more vocal through LinkedIn and other forums that would’ve helped to me spread word about HRINZ. However, I hope to help the next ambassador achieve the goals they set for themselves while in the role....

posted on: Feb 2, 2016 | author: Guest post

My year as a HRINZ Student Ambassador – Shannon Curreen

My year as a HRINZ Student Ambassador – Shannon Curreen

HRINZ Student Ambassador for AUT, Shannon Curreen, reflects on her time in the role. The opportunities HRINZ provided me with being a student ambassador was huge, the ability to network with HR professionals throughout a wide range of disciplines, as well as the courses that were available provided me with a platform and knowledge that extended past what I could have learnt during my time at University. Not only did this develop in my knowledge and skills within HR, it developed my personal and professional skills. This has provided me with invaluable knowledge, contacts and experience upon entering into the HR workforce. I enjoyed being a part of a body that I could share amongst other students of similar situation to really support them on their journey in entering the HR workforce. Something I wish I had done differently during my time as a HRINZ student ambassador is make the most of the opportunities and workshops that you are given to opportunity to attend. At HRINZ if you are willing to learn the opportunities are endless and this is something to really take charge of and make the most of!  Something I wish I had achieved is a platform that would of outlast the duration of my time as a student ambassador, something that would have long term results in raising awareness for HRINZ and also bridging the gap between an academic and professional environment with human resources. I think the future of HR is something that is evolving into an exciting and valuable industry to be involved within. Every day we see organizations adopting more strategic approaches as industries begin to understand the importance and value having a good human resources department, and the effect it has on the workforce in its entirety. I think in the future...

posted on: Mar 2, 2015 | author: Guest post

My year as a HRINZ Student Ambassador – Natasha Sinclair-Taikato

My year as a HRINZ Student Ambassador – Natasha Sinclair-Taikato

HRINZ Student Ambassador for Victoria University, Natasha Sinclair-Taikato, reflects on her time in the role. Being a HRINZ student ambassador was a great experience that gave me incredible opportunities. Through this experience I have learnt a lot about the HR profession and have a better idea of what a job in HR looks like. Two experiences that contributed to my learning were shadowing an HR practitioner and doing work experience at Sport Wellington. I was able to see what HR practitioners do day-to-day and also gave me the chance to get some practical HR experience. The conference was a fantastic opportunity to learn more about HR and current HR issues. It was also a great opportunity to network with HR professionals. When it came to job hunting being a HRINZ student ambassador was excellent experience to have in my cv and a good experience to talk about in job interviews. If I were to do this experience all over again, the main thing I would have done differently is to be more confident. I came into the role with so many ideas of what I wanted to achieve but I was too shy to voice my ideas or speak in committee meetings. It took me a few months to gain confidence and start making progress with some of my ideas; had I gone into the role with more confidence I could have accomplished a lot more in my term as student ambassador. I am excited to be entering the HR workforce. I’m looking forward to using the skills and knowledge I have gained in a real world role. The networks I made through HRINZ will be a good support system for starting my first job and I plan on taking advantage of the other support HRINZ has to offer...

posted on: Mar 2, 2015 | author: Guest post

My year as a HRINZ Student Ambassador – Olivia Creighton

My year as a HRINZ Student Ambassador – Olivia Creighton

HRINZ Student Ambassador for CPIT, Olivia Creighton, reflects on her time in the role. Being part of the Canterbury HRINZ committee as a student ambassador in 2014 was an invaluable experience. I was able to attend HRINZ events, be included in the planning of the events and along the way I met so many wonderful people that were able to teach me so much about the profession. As part of my ambassadorship I was required to hold an event to promote HRINZ to the students in Canterbury. With the support of HRINZ and Skills for Canterbury, I went ahead and planned a forum event where HR students from Canterbury University and CPIT were invited to come along and discuss the HR profession to prepare them for their HR journey ahead. I was lucky enough to have plenty of support from the Canterbury committee and the wider Institute. Chris Till was kind enough to be a guest speaker along with some of the committee members including the Canterbury HRINZ committee president. Chris Till spoke about the future direction of HRINZ and what plans HOT has in store for 2015. Overall, the event was a huge success and I would definitely encourage future student ambassadors to hold a similar event for students in the future. I was also fortunate enough to go to Auckland and attend the annual conference. There were many great speakers that shared their HR ideas and strategies with us. I am definitely considering going back to the conference for 2015! Before Christmas I started my very first job in the HR profession at the second largest District Health Board in New Zealand. With over 9,000 employees at Canterbury District Health Board I am always busy in my new role. I have settled in well and I am...

posted on: Feb 20, 2015 | author: Guest post

My year as a HRINZ Student Ambassador – Hamish Whitworth

My year as a HRINZ Student Ambassador – Hamish Whitworth

HRINZ Student Ambassador for Massey University, Hamish Whitworth, reflects on his time in the role. As a HRINZ Student Ambassador, I was able to gain knowledge from and network with HR practitioners to complement my study and to gain an advantage before setting out on my HR career. For example, attending local events within the Manawatu was a fantastic opportunity to interact with local professionals and to gain knowledge on particular aspects of HR which I had not learnt at university. The highlight for me was having the chance to attend the NZ HR Conference in Auckland in 2014. The event was an excellent opportunity to learn from a range of speakers who offered a variety of unique viewpoints into HR practice, and the future of the profession, and to meet a range of professionals from around the country. Above all else, the role provided me with a fantastic opportunity to develop my leadership and professional work skills during my time at university. The responsibility given to me in the role has given me an extra level of self-confidence and also improved my ability to communicate more effectively to practitioners before I enter the workplace. I would have liked to have further increased the HRINZ student numbers within Massey University in Palmerston North over my time as ambassador. While there are only a relatively small number of HR students in the Manawatu region, I would have liked to obtain slightly more student members over that period of time to continue to build on the positive relationship between HR students at Massey and HRINZ. To do this, it may have proved beneficial to be more proactive in the role earlier on in the academic year, to convince students to join HRINZ and get the benefits of membership throughout their full year...

posted on: Feb 20, 2015 | author: Guest post

My Year as Student Ambassador – Taylor Wheeler

My Year as Student Ambassador – Taylor Wheeler

HRINZ Student Ambassador for Otago University, Taylor Wheeler, reflects on her time in the role. Not only has the HRINZ Student Ambassador Programme provided me with a range of new experiences, it has also given a valuable head-start to my HRM career. Throughout the past year, I have connected with several industry professionals and I am sure these newly forged relationships will remain long after the programme is finished. Having a practical context to apply theoretical knowledge to is important for any business student; this is exactly what HRINZ has enabled me to do. Additionally, my knowledge surrounding the HR field has greatly increased. I was able to directly apply this to my university studies, which gave assignments and exams added flair. There are many things that I am proud of achieving in my role as one of the 2014 HRINZ Student Ambassador. I feel I effectively disseminated key HRINZ messages to my peers, which as a result increased local networking event attendance and memberships within the student community. Hopefully, I inspired current and prospective HRM students to connect with HRINZ and the HR industry as a whole. The 2014 NZ HR Conference was a high point of my university career and I use its teachings daily in both my professional and personal life. The conference gave me an unparalleled opportunity to network, develop my social capital and to learn from the industry’s best. I also particularly enjoyed presenting conference highlights at the following local networking event. Given the chance again, I would have loved to have set up a “HRM Society” at university and believe there is huge potential for my successor to do so. The field of HR is constantly evolving. According to the HRINZ core competencies, HR practitioners need to be skilled in five main areas: HR delivery, strategic...

posted on: Feb 17, 2015 | author: Guest post

Nine to 5 – Networking for Success

Nine to 5 – Networking for Success

Francie Turner is the HRINZ Student Ambassador at Massey University, Manawatu Campus. Here she shares her reflections on attending the Central Nine to 5 conference. As the HRINZ student ambassador for Massey University in Palmerston North I was offered the opportunity to attend the Central Nine to Five conference. The conference exceeded my expectations as I took in every speakers’ and professionals’ opinion like a sponge. I was blown away by Peter de Jager’s introduction, let alone hearing him speak. His presentation on change management and why people resist change was particularly relevant, as the majority of professionals noted resistance in their workplace. But yet the solution seemed so simple. The answer lies in the word WHY, why? What’s why got to do with it? Well everything, when organisations go through change HR has the responsibility to deliver the why. That’s the ‘why’ from an employee’s perspective,  and involves explaining  why the change is occurring. Those organisations that create a willing and safe feeling organisational culture, where questions and why can be asked, will be successful in change management, since employees are able to understand the change management process and take ownership of it.  I guess all you HR professionals know this already, it’s common sense isn’t it? Now I could give a full run down on all the fantastic things  I learnt, but there is one valuable lesson that sticks in my mind.  That is the importance of networking. During the panel discussion section of the conference, one professional shared her experience on dealing with the death of an employee who had passed away from cancer while still working. She talked about how the employees had struggled with the grieving process, as life and business still carry on, and that as HR professionals we’re not always equipped to...

posted on: May 27, 2013 | author: Guest post

Student Ambassadors Reflect on 2012

Student Ambassadors Reflect on 2012

Three HRINZ Student Ambassadors reflect on the year representing HRINZ on campus   Colette Wood University of Auckland The leap from student to Human Resources professional is a significant one and entering the working world is only one part of this multifaceted endeavour. Front of mind when I applied for the role of HRINZ student ambassador in 2012 was to keep knowledge gained from my studies at the University of Auckland current and to exchange ideas with other likeminded individuals. My objectives were quickly met after becoming a HRINZ student ambassador. I was immediately introduced to leaders in the field and had the opportunity to attend fantastic events whereby I could build on knowledge gained at Uni and see theory in practice. I soon realised that I would be gaining far more from this opportunity than I’d previously envisioned. I quickly noted the importance of professionalism within this field and gained tremendous respect for the HR practitioners that I met. Arranging and facilitating student events provided me with the opportunity to improve my confidence and public speaking, both very necessary skills in the world of HR. Liaising with a multitude of people across different fields and working collaboratively were other core skills I gained. The basic, but very necessary HR skills, such as goal setting, forming a strategy for the year, creating a project plan and meeting deadlines were used extensively too. My IT skills were put to the test when I created SharePoint sites, a LinkedIn and Facebook group as well as filming and uploading videos to promote HRINZ amongst students. My office skills such as creating Powerpoint presentations, online advertisements and brochures were very useful as a stepping stone from student to HR professional. Although challenging, my year as an HRINZ student ambassador yielded unexpected positive results....

posted on: Feb 18, 2013 | author: Guest post

HR: From a Students Perspective

HR: From a Students Perspective

By Colette Wood As a student, words such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, SharePoint, YouTube, Yahoo and Google are firmly embedded in all our conversations. So much so, that I’m surprised that these words have not replaced the NATO phonetic alphabet. Surely people are more familiar with Facebook than the Foxtrot? However, despite this digital age we find ourselves a part of, being a student still anchors us to an old world, where we sometimes read books in the library and feel moral anxiety when we highlight text in a paper textbook. Well, at least some of us? I find a similar ‘dualism’ in the student world of Human Resources too. The whispers of ‘Personnel’ can still be heard and stories of a lifetime of administration worry many, even before we’ve really begun our HR journey. That said, competition for talented individuals in a rapidly changing global world sounds like an exciting era to be actively involved in. Stories of lunchtime raves at firms and organisations that operate from ocean liners, confirms that we as students should not let go of our HR idealism. Yes, I’m idealistic and so are many of us that are entering the HR arena. We hold on to this idealism while being aware that our degrees are only the beginning. Our degrees will become keys that open doors into the real training fields of HR. However, in the midst of our education, while we debate and fiercely hold on to what we believe to be right, describing a degree as a small key seems outrageously small. Our degrees feel more like vast, powerful oceans. Yet, somewhere in our oceanic subconscious, we know that we’ll be entering a much larger and more powerful world than the one we know at Uni, a world were a personal...

posted on: Jul 31, 2012 | author: Guest post