Success Story | Andrew Plovanich, Business and Marketing Education & Human Resource Development

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Andrew Plovanich
Business and Marketing Education, Human Resource Development
HR Representative | Case New Holland

How did you learn about your current position?
I interned with Case New Holland during the summer of 2011 and the winter of 2011/2012. I learned about the position because CNH is one of the largest companies in the area of my hometown of Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Describe your position.
I will be a HR Representative for Case New Holland in Burr Ridge, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. I will be on the Construction Equipment Product Development team conducting various Generalist duties such as recruiting, employee relations, and performance appraisals.
What do you most enjoy about your position? What are some of the challenges?
I have not started my full time position yet, but during my internship I enjoyed being a part of a team that was not only concerned about the growth of the company, but also their employees. One of the highlights of being the HR Intern was being involved with the college relations program which included help running the overall internship program and prepare for the next intern season.
One of the challenges was interviewing hundreds of students and choosing which individuals would be the best fit for our highly respected and successful internship program. This was great experience however because it gave me the experience to interview those in search of full time positions.
How does your position fit with your long term career goals?
My long term goal is to become a HR Manager. I was able to accomplish my first goal within CNH when I became the HR Intern. Next, I was able to obtain a HR Representative position that will give me the skills and tools to someday accomplish my long term goal of becoming a HR Manger.
During your internship/job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
I was able to work very closely with CEHD Career Services to perfect my resume as well as interviewing skills through mock interviews. I also interned with Vic Massaglia, a career counselor within the University of Minnesota Law School. During my time with Vic, I was able to not only help other students with Career Development, but also apply the tools to myself. Networking was also a large part of separating myself from other students.
What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship/job search process?
Visiting Career Services and networking was most helpful during the internship/job search. While visiting Career Services, I was able to become more confident during interviews as well as giving the employeer a well constructed resume. Also, networking gave me an insight of things that I may or may not want to do as I start my professional career.
Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
Networking is one of the most important thing that students must do to find an internship/job. This will give students a better idea of what they would like to do, but also give them the opportunity to get to know other professionals in their field and may be able to get interviews through them or their connections.
Anything else you woud like to share?
All students should take the time and visit Career Services on a regular basis. I began visiting them during my Sophomore year and it was one of the best career decisions that I have made. While visiting with both Angie Soderberg and Jeannie Stumne, I not only became a better candidate, but a better overall person.