Practical HR Experience Opportunity – Student Incubator Project: Penny Thompson
As I neared the end of my HR degree I realised that I needed practical HR experience to complement my studies and separate me from the other university graduates. The Student Incubator Project provides this experience.
The aim of the Project is to give students the opportunity to learn how to gain useful HR data, how to analyse the data, and then use the data to generate recommendations that can improve the HR operations within the studied organisation.
The “Incubator” day is a valuable experience offered through this project. Following the data collection stage (which involves going into an organisation and interviewing workers) an HR professional spends a day mentoring a small group of students to help them analyse their findings and develop meaningful recommendations. It is a great opportunity for the students to ask questions and learn from those well known in, and up-to-date with, the HR industry.
I had an extremely successful experience completing this project. I analysed the HR operations at the Porirua Budget Service. During the project I met and interviewed a lovely group of staff and received guidance above and beyond what I was expecting from my mentor, Tania. At the end of the project I was invited back to the Porirua Budget Service to implement my recommendations, gained a professional reference to add to my CV, and had a practical HR experience to talk about during my interviews when I began applying for jobs to start my HR career. I highly recommend participating in this project. You build a great HR network and gain valuable experience to help begin a career in HR.