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The HR Minion – University, HR and Reality

The HR Minion – University, HR and Reality

Since my last HR Minion post (which you can read here) there has been some controversy relating to my views on the purpose of a university education and its relationship to my HR career. I finished my previous blog stating that I felt unprepared to be an effective HR advisor in the real world. There was some opinion shed on this perspective from another HR practitioner who strongly believes that it is up to the student, not the university, to be prepared for work. Read that blog here. I agree, but to a point a university should be responsible for offering practical studies that aid students to be successful in their careers and aid the wider society in moving forward. It isn’t enough to say that students are solely responsible and ignore that they are paying over $20,000 in university fees, and for what? To be told that it’s not up to the university to ensure they are successful and are a prepared candidate in the job market? As context – I worked up to 25 hours a week (in a bar during uni), while studying full-time. I was at university pretty much 6-8 hours a day attending lectures, tutorials and doing assignments, so I am not sure when I was supposed to have time to work in an office to get experience? Offices are not open in the weekend and they don’t offer night shifts. Most summers I was still at university doing summer school papers so I actually didn’t have time to do internships or volunteer work. I look back now and this could have been to my discredit, not making the time to work in “my field” around university, but I WAS working. I was getting experience in the real world, so why is this not...

posted on: Jun 10, 2013 | author: The HR Minion

The HR Minion – Learning a whole new world

The HR Minion – Learning a whole new world

Let’s just say I was dead nervous getting ready for my first day working at the biggest employer in the city I was living in, let alone given it was my first “big persons” role. Introductions, office allocation, computer set-up and swipe card access confirmed it was time to sit down with my manager and find out the first project that I was running (slight surprise to me that I was to be given a project straight away, in all honesty). My manager’s idea of a HR Helpdesk was explained to me, what he wanted to see it look like, the service it should provide to the business and the timeframes I had. I was a bit shocked really. Firstly, I had never managed a project before. Secondly, I hadn’t set up a helpdesk before. Thirdly, I was day 1 into my new role in a new organisation. At university, running a project wasn’t a topic that was covered. I didn’t know the process behind project development and implementation and to be honest the organisation didn’t have a clear process around that either. I received the briefing of what my manager wanted from a helpdesk and the required functions that needed to be implemented. So what did I do? I jumped onto Google and tried to find out the inner workings of a helpdesk and the cheapest/easiest one that could be implemented. I had no budget and I had four weeks in which to develop and build this. Based on common sense, I figured the first thing I needed to do was talk to my HR colleagues and find the key people that could help me make this work. I was new in the business and I had no idea who the key people were in IT, or who...

posted on: Mar 21, 2013 | author: The HR Minion

The HR Minion – The Breakthrough.

The HR Minion – The Breakthrough.

The HR Minion is a bimonthly blog bringing us the HR world from the perspective of a recent graduate entering the HR workforce. It has been two years since I handed in my last paper and kissed university good-bye, and I am now in my second HR related position. That may sound like I just landed in my second role, but it was 10 months after I finished university that I got my first HR Coordinator role. As I was approaching my final weeks at Waikato I started applying for HR related roles, let’s face it – I was sick of working in a nightclub, but guess what – I had no relevant experience to get me into an HR job. Push back after push back came with unsuccessful emails that read “sorry we are not taking your application further at this stage” etc. It was infuriating as I had been working since I was 15, and now had a university degree, but I still didn’t have the relevant HR experience that I needed. I took a role as a Customer Service Representative at a call centre in the public sector to get myself into full-time work and into the workforce post university. I lasted at the call centre for 8 months, while applying for an entry level HR/Payroll role and still being unsuccessful because I hadn’t worked with “PeopleSoft” before. Uh, it is an entry level position; I assumed that would be ok, but apparently not. After receiving the push back from the company I was with, it was time to reconsider what I was doing there; I didn’t feel optimistic about getting a role that would give me the right experience. Just my luck, a friend of mine bought a nightclub (ironic) and I worked part-time as...

posted on: Jan 18, 2013 | author: The HR Minion

The HR Minion – How it began….

The HR Minion – How it began….

The HR Minion is a bimonthly blog bringing us the HR world from the perspective of a recent graduate entering the HR workforce I am ‘The HR Minion’ and I chose this name because I think it is fitting – I am new in the HR field as an HR practitioner and, as with other newbie’s, we get asked to do some of the jobs we don’t really want to do. We then become the minion in some cases. Why not embrace it right? So, onto my introduction… I am 23 years old and into my second year of being a professional HR practitioner. I have come a long way to get to where I am today, including moving through 3 cities and pushing myself out of my comfort zone. This blog will be a good push for me, and a chance for me to share my experiences and hope they influence/help some others. Now, to begin… I am currently an HR Advisor in the public sector, working through constant change and transition. I was asked by HRINZ if I would like to be a blog contributor, and I happily agreed as I think I have some good things to share especially to new HR practitioners entering the workplace. The theme of my blog will be based around my practical experiences in the world of HR and how well/if this was covered during my university studies – I will also throw in some career learning as well. I have been out of university since October 2010, and although that may not seem a long time ago, it has been a journey getting to where I am now. I have already noticed topics that I would have liked to have been covered in university, but weren’t. I have also learned...

posted on: Nov 1, 2012 | author: The HR Minion