This interview spotlights the Society for Human Resource Management as well as Laura Heinzen’s role as the President of this student group. Looking to learn more about SHRM and how it can have a positive impact on your life? Then check out the following post, CEHD!
How did you get involved in SHRM?
My academic advisor recommended it to me, so I attended a meeting on a whim. I liked it so much, I kept coming back!
Describe your role as President of this student group.
As president, I coordinate all of the speakers and meetings, and oversee the director of membership, director of finance, and vice president. Basically, I make sure everything is running smoothly!
How is this student group making a difference in your life?
I always leave SHRM meetings feeling so rewarded. It has really helped me feel more confident, and has made my college experience so much better.
How is being a part of this student org. helping to prepare you for your future career?
Before I joined SHRM, I was didn’t know what Human Resources was all about and if it was right for me. After I went to a few meetings, I finally felt like I had found a place where I could share my passions with others, and I knew HR was the right path for me. In addition, most all of the speakers who come to our meetings are directly linked to hiring decisions at their companies, so it’s a great (but not scary!) networking opportunity!
One of my favorite memories was last semester when there was a speaker at a meeting who gave us advice the entire time. Not only was this some of the most useful and inspiring advice, the speaker who was presenting was also very funny! We were all laughing so hard the entire time, and still bring it up as one of our favorites.
How would you describe this student group to someone who has never heard of it?
We are a group of students who are interested in learning about Human Resources, making lasting friendships, and creating a network of professionals who can help you in your future career.
What volunteer activities and social networking events does the Society for Human Resource Management group engage in?
This semester, we have done a few volunteer activities. We partnered with another student group on campus and worked at People Serving People, helping to renovate a homeless shelter. We are continually hosting events, and have big things in the works for next fall!
What personal/professional qualities do members of SHRM possess?
Our members are so friendly. We are not one of those “exclusive” clubs that looks down on new members; instead, we embrace them! I feel so lucky to be a part of such a special group on campus.
Describe a typical member meeting.
A typical meeting includes an HR professional speaking about his or her experience in Human Resources, specifically about what his/her particular area of HR includes and what a typical day looks like for him/her. There is usually socializing before and after between members, and food during the meeting!
What advice would you give to someone who’s looking to join the Society for Human Resource Management?
Email us at SHRM@umn.edu! We would be happy to answer any questions that you may have, and we always love having new people come to our meetings. Don’t be intimidated because it’s in Carlson or because you might not know anyone—SHRM will no doubt surprise you!
What tips do you have for students who are looking to make the most of their campus experience?
Get involved!! I have made so many friendships as a result of joining clubs, and have learned so many useful things in a fun way. Even if you are unsure about joining a club/student organization, I urge you to try it out a few times. It might surprise you, and the members are usually very welcoming!