October 2012 Archives

First-year students are about a month and a half away from finishing up their initial semester in pursuit of the M-HRIR degree. Currently they're all enrolled in three classes: Business Principles for the HR Professional (professor Avner Ben-Ner), Staffing, Training and Development (professor Theresa Glomb), and Using Data and Metrics in Human Resources and Industrial Relations (professor Colleen Manchester). First-years just finished up two midterms this week, so here's a snapshot of what's going on in each class.

Business Principles: The core tenets of this class -- which overlaps microeconomics with business theory -- are presently revolving around different models of economic competition (perfect vs. monopoly, etc.) The main group project taking place is a series of corporate profiles; there are 14 companies being researched in all, ranging from bar/restaurant chains (Buffalo Wild Wings) to Twin Cities companies (EcoLab) to major e-commerce players (Amazon) to global giants such as Sony and NIKE. So far, the three projects have been (a) a basic study of the history of the organization, (b) a SWOT/value chain analysis, and (c) a breakdown of the corporate governance in place. Students work in teams of four-six to gather the information and organize it effectively, while also underlying and explaining all the essential business concepts. The next assignment actually focuses on the marketing and finance (two core MBA tracks) of the company; this process is a decided advantage of the HRIR program being housed within the Carlson School of Management.

Staffing, Training and Development: Students just finished the staffing/recruiting/legal implications section of the course, and are transitioning to the training and development section. Currently, they're involved in a major two-part staffing simulation project -- the goal is to hire three front desk managers for a luxury hotel chain, and teams of five to six students must make decisions about selection budget, processes, tests and evaluations used, and much more. The simulation (designed by a third party retailer) is effective enough that it can adjust the program on the fly and present business challenges (unexpected ones) to the participants. It's an interesting parallel to the on-campus recruiting processes that are also going on right now -- students are seeing the limitations of reviewing 60+ resumes in a short amount of time, and how decisions end up being made.

Data and Metrics: In this class, students just transitioned from descriptive statistics to inferential statistics; their next large project involves computing z-scores and p-scores to determine statistical significant of certain business data. On November 14, groups from Staffing and Data and Metrics will be combined to work on a live business case from Microsoft; the details of the case aren't 100 percent yet, but it will be taking four hours on the day of and two weeks to create a final report from the results, so it should be an excellent test of business acumen and thinking creatively about a problem in a short amount of time.

Ted Bauer, 1st Year MA-HRIR Student

by Pao Kue
The opportunities keep arriving!
Don't miss out, applications to the GVC (Graduate Volunteer Consultants) are due Octiber 22. GVC is a great way to gain consulting experience in working on real world projects with a diverse team. Graduate Volunteer Consultants is an organization comprised of UofMN MBA and MA-HRIR students who are dedicated to providing free-of-charge business consulting services to non-profit organizations in the Twin Cities.

Past projects included working on new scheduling options for paramedics to improve work life balance in Hennepin EMS Company and developing new growth strategies for The A List Company. You may also gain valuable leadership experience by applying to be a a lead consultant of a project.

This is a great opportunity to give back to your community through these non-profit organizations. Don't forget applications are due October 22nd. Celebrate with GVC and become part of the 20th annual legacy.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact gvc@umn.edu.
Don't miss out and GOOD LUCK on the rest of recruiting season and midterms!

https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/graduate-volunteer-consultants-gvc/prospective-consultants/application Click here to apply!

Assistant Professor Colleen Manchester understands how hard it is to sit through a three hour lecture. So instead of using traditional methods of teaching, she is experimenting with a technique that teaches students before class.

In the midst of the early morning this past week, many HRIR students were caught quoting "Tis the Season for Interviews" in the Herman Library. Ultimately, the students will have 45-60 minutes to leave an impeccable impression for the recruiters! Landing your dream internship is definitely possible but for some, it can be the nerves or doubt in one self that stops that dream from becoming reality! The more self confidence you have, the more likely it is you'll succeed! See the link for an excellent article on building confidence:

As silly as it is to confront our internal self-esteem, if you do have any doubts what so ever, use these tips to surely retrieve confidence : ) Studies have shown that it has great results!

by Pao Kue

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