The UIS Student SHRM Chapter hosted a speed networking event on February 21st to give students an opportunity to develop their networking skills and make connections with local employers. CIC-SHRM chapter members Jill Steiner and Elaine Higgs-Parn participated to provide feedback to the students from an employer’s perspective. It was a fun and engaging learning experience that proved to be beneficial for all who attended. Maria Sorto, a student who attended the event, shared some thoughts on her experience with us.
"I had the pleasure to meet with a few employers (including professionals, supervisors, managers, recruiters, HR representatives). Some of the organizations included the YMCA, Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), and Hospital Sisters Health System among others.
The employer representatives were very knowledgeable in their presentations about the organizations they represented. They explained the services provided to the community by the organizations mentioned above, they went through history information, and the size and the objectives of the organizations.
I would like to focus in on the YMCA represented by Jill Steiner. Jill explained her em-ployer is a local community-based organization that has about 6000 volunteers and 450 employees from what I recalled. Jill’s position does not have the same routine every day. She handles confidential and financial documents and various reports. She runs a pro-gram for people with disabilities, provides behavior management directions, and deals with clients concerns.
Jill’s position sounds like a lot to handle; but an exciting one. She explains how she enjoys doing what she does because it is not the same routine every day at work. The variety of tasks Jill performs takes her away from a regular work routine by putting her mind into different situations the job offers. I enjoyed talking to Jill Steiner and appreciate the in-formation she provided me about her employer. I did learn a lot attending this event and hope to have this experience again in the future." - Maria Sorto
It is CIC-SHRM’s intent to increase our support of the student chapter through various activities throughout the school year so they can continue to strive towards their ca-reer goals upon graduation and into their professional lives. If you are interested in mentoring a UIS SHRM student or volunteering at a SHRM student event please contact Diversity Chair, Stephanie Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.