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Briana Bergin
MHRM '18

HR Pathways Leadership Development Rotation Program
Honeywell International

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Currently working on: I support a continuous manufacturing site so we run 24/7, 365 days a year.... and we provide adsorbents and catalysts to the oil and gas industry.... therefore, we are essential. During these unprecedented times my role quickly took one everything that is crisis management. I have helped my site to implement temperature screening for all essential employees that need to be onsite, I monitor potential COVID-19 cases, plan who can work from home and who cannot and much more. Before COVID-19, I was leading two major projects: The first was moving all of our Maintenance Technicians and Chemical Operators into the Honeywell Performance Development system. The site I support has a very tenured workforce (20+ years of experience or more for the average employee) and this is something they had never been rated on performance. The site although a non-union facility had many practices that are in line with union manufacturing for example everyone makes the same amount of money. Now employees would get rated on performance, and their raises would be based on performance. The two important things here were 1. Change Management and 2. Communication. The goal was to reach roughly 200 employees with the same message without any major employee relations issues. 

The value of your degree from SMLR: With that being said, the projects I mentioned above and everything else that I have done in my 12 months since graduating could not have been accomplished without my degree from SMLR. The two things I got from SMLR were how to be a trusted advisor and business partner to my client group, and how to think about and communicate change. For every challenge I am faced with I ask myself how do I define success? What does success for this project look like? What does success in this role look like for me? How do I add value? How do I become a trusted advisor to this client? Before coming to Rutgers that’s not how I thought about my role or the projects and tasks I was handed. 

Any advice to recent graduates: My advice to recent graduates is to find the company and role that works for you. Figure out what matters to you and where you want to be in 5 years and pick a role that makes sense within a company that makes sense. We are all different and the things that matter to us are different. Take every situation good and bad as a learning experience and keep pushing forward. Your journey is going to take you through a rollercoaster of experiences so buckle up and embrace it. You are going to face major challenges (for me it has been constant challenges both professional and personal), it’s your response to those challenges that are going to shape you. You are not alone, use your support system and ask for help.  My go to motto is put on some Fleetwood Mac (or your go to feel good music) and handle it. 

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Thomas Costello
BA, HRM & LSER '19
MHRM '20

Analyst - Policies & Practices in Global HR Compliance & Policy
ADP

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Recent project: Implementing new policy management system in 30+ countries.

The value of your degree from SMLR: Achieving my Bachelors degree from SMLR opened many doors, and achieving my Masters degree helped me to step through those doors!

Any advice to current students: INTERN! Having that experience as an undergraduate will not only help you with school but gives you credibility when stepping into your first full-time role.

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Eddy Hernandez
MHRM '16

Human Resource Business Partner
L3Harris Technologies

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“After contemplating pursing a master’s degree after my undergraduate degree in Human Resources, I took the leap and completed the one-year Rutgers SMLR Master of Human Resources Program. To date, this is the best decision I’ve made in my career and it has opened up so many doors for me. I graduated with a full-time job offer in a competitive rotational program for the EthosEnergy Group where I moved to Houston, TX. A big thank you to all the professors and SMLR Career Services who made it all possible.”

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Romario Nicholas
MHRM '18

HR Generalist
Trane Technologies

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“My career at Rutgers started through my role as a teaching assistant for Ildi Koczan. For 2 years, I was a teaching assistant for her career management class that provided me with more in-depth knowledge on the career needs for undergraduate students. This included providing knowledge regarding resumes, cover letters, and talking to students about internship preparation through my own experiences. This was a great experience because I was not only able to learn about students from a variety of backgrounds who needed career management help, but also be an advocate for the resources that we had in our location. I loved this role because I was able to spend each and every day with the students. I also participated in classes that taught them about how to be prepared for a variety of challenges that they would face within the working world, and that improved a variety of their work-related skills. Most importantly, I enjoyed being that person that students could come to for help regarding career related tasks. In my second year as a graduate student, I then became a Peer Ambassador which enabled me to partner with other Peer Ambassadors on high engagement projects that had high impact on our SMLR students. One project I enjoyed the most was the roll out of Handshake, an online platform for Rutgers students.”

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Shreya Parekh
MHRM '09

Career Counseling Officer
Rutgers School of Nursing

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“Having gained both my Bachelor's and Master's degree from Rutgers, I really pride myself as a RU student. It gave me a strong foundation to build on after Graduation and led to a successful career in Talent Acquisition. After graduation, I always turned to SMLR career services as my primary resource from having my resume critiqued a few times to receiving career advice. In fact, I landed two internships (1 in HR and 1 in a Labor Union) and my first HR job through job listings from SMLR career services by simply being on the alumni e-mail listserv for the last 10 years. It does not stop there, I took time off to raise my family and when I needed to get back in the workforce, I naturally turned to SMLR. I always dreamt of coming back to Rutgers and working here, as I always wondered what it would be like. Little did I know that after I applied for a role in Talent Management & Workforce Development, I would get a call for an interview and have the chance to work here. Serendipity? Or the amazing work that the School does in ensuring their students succeed even long after they graduate!”

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Anglea Zhang
MHRM '18

Talent Acquisition Business Partner
Newegg

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“Having gained both my Bachelor's and Master's degree from Rutgers, I really pride myself as a RU student. It gave me a strong foundation to build on after Graduation and led to a successful career in Talent Acquisition. After graduation, I always turned to SMLR career services as my primary resource from having my resume critiqued a few times to receiving career advice. In fact, I landed two internships (1 in HR and 1 in a Labor Union) and my first HR job through job listings from SMLR career services by simply being on the alumni e-mail listserv for the last 10 years. It does not stop there, I took time off to raise my family and when I needed to get back in the workforce, I naturally turned to SMLR. I always dreamt of coming back to Rutgers and working here, as I always wondered what it would be like. Little did I know that after I applied for a role in Talent Management & Workforce Development, I would get a call for an interview and have the chance to work here. Serendipity? Or the amazing work that the School does in ensuring their students succeed even long after they graduate!”