Magazine article HRMagazine

Helping the Next Generation of HR Leaders

Magazine article HRMagazine

Helping the Next Generation of HR Leaders

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SHRM is celebrating two significant milestones in 2016: the 50th anniversary of SHRM's Student Programs, which serves its 20,000-plus student members, and the 10th anniversary of SHRM's Academic Initiatives program, which provides HR curriculum guidelines to more than 400 U.S. universities.

For decades, SHRM has provided students with opportunities to network, learn from professionals and seek career advice. These experiences are now offered via three student summits a year that include case-study competitions, as well as educational and mentoring sessions.

"When they show up onsite, they're dressed professionally. They're ready to go. They're smart. They want to demonstrate their knowledge," says Susan Post, SHRM-SCP, who coordinates SHRM's Student Programs at the national level.

In 2015, when SHRM asked for volunteers to serve on a student advisory council, 37 student chapter presidents signed up-far more than expected.

"They want to get involved. They want their voice to be heard," Post says. "We want to make sure we're giving them what they need."

SHRM also helps acquaint high school and college students with HR as a possible career choice through distribution of its brochure, "How to Pursue a Career in HR: Five Simple Steps," available at www. …

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