Exploring A Career On Human Resources

1379 Words Nov 17th, 2014 6 Pages
Jennifer Yeung
LLD 100A
Professor Barney
Word Count: 1469
Final Draft
Discipline Investigation
Exploring a career in Human Resources


For my discipline investigation paper, I interviewed a Human Resources Manager (HRM) named Stephanie Russo. Growing up, I always knew I wanted a career in business but had no idea which aspect I wanted to focus on. I began my studies at San Jose State University as an International Business Major then declared Business Management. After taking several human resource (HR) classes, I discovered that I liked the well-defined functions and task of the HR department. With no ambiguity, everything had an order, a policy and a procedure. As a junior, I am still uncertain of which
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(State.gov). Stephanie touches on another skill: emotional intelligence. In the article “What Makes a Leader?” author Daniel Goleman describes emotional intelligence as having “self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills.” (Harvard Business Review). Stephanie explains “when dealing with people, conflicts may arise and as a HRM it is also our job to be able to mitigate and provide solutions to problems.” Stephanie started in the field of HR when a position opened up with her current employer, Sun Shops Incorporated. Sun Shops had lost their HRM. Stephanie wasted no time and applied for the position. After several interviews with top management, she was offered the job under the completion of business courses at UCSC. This was her stepping-stone. The required classes were: employee relations, organizational behavior, conflict resolution, compensations, and employee rights.

Stephanie expected that the hardest part of her job would be keeping up with current federal, state, and local employment laws. Stephanie was surprised by the amount of time and effort used to build strong interpersonal relationships with her employees. To do so, she had regular interact and meetings with them which also created a positive work environment. Stephanie noticed that by understanding an employees’ needs and wants, she was able to better motivate
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