Ready or not—here they come! Graduates of the Class of 2017 are ready to enter the workforce and will be preparing to start their careers over the next several months.
Many new graduates have chosen to pursue a career in human resources, one of The Best 11 Jobs in America for 2017, and have questions about what they can expect and what it will take to achieve success in their new roles.
Tips and advice from other practicing HR professionals—at all career levels—are always helpful to ensure a smooth transition. Such guidance is even more meaningful when given by other young professionals who have recently experienced the transition themselves.
SHRM's HR Young Professionals (YP) group is a foundation for SHRM's professional members ages 30 and under that provides resources and educational opportunities relevant to today’s young workers. The SHRM YP group endeavors to build a community for the next generation of HR leaders through social media interaction and in-person networking activities.
Whether you’ve been in the HR profession for two, 10 or 25 years, what do you wish you would have known when you started your career?
Please join @shrmnextchat at 3 p.m. ET on July 12 for #Nextchat with special guests 2017 SHRM YP Advisory Council members Jillian Caswell (@JillianACaswell) and Staci McArter (@stacimcarter). We welcome HR professionals at every career level to share tips and advice—and what you wish you would have known when you began a career in HR.
Q1. What job search advice do you have for new graduates looking for their first job in the HR profession?
Q2. What questions can college graduates ask during an interview to ensure that their first HR job is the right fit?
Q3. What can new graduates expect as they begin their first jobs in the HR profession?
Q4. How can college graduates starting a career in the HR profession make a positive impression in their new role?
Q5. What was your biggest struggle in your first HR job—and what would have made it easier?
Q6. Is there anything that new grads or new HR professionals should avoid doing or saying in their first HR job?
Q7. What is the most valuable piece of advice you received about entering and succeeding in HR and in the workplace?
Q8. If you could go back in time and send a tweet or a GIF to yourself on the first day of your career in HR, what would it be?