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Josh Vanden Busch, '12

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Major / Minor: Double Major in Psychology and Human Development
Organization: Target Corporation
Job Title: Executive Team Leader- Human Resources (ETL-HR)

Why did you choose to go into your program of study?

One of my biggest interests is learning about others' world views. Psychology allowed me to assess the way we think, assess our surroundings, and develop our world views. Human Development was a great compliment to this, as it offered an interdisciplinary approach to holistically examine the multiple forces that impact how we become who we are.

When you began at UW-Green Bay, what did you expect for your future?

I began as a musical theatre and communications double major, so I expected a vastly different outcome. Overall, I began my journey at UW-Green Bay being open to whatever experiences would come my way and learned not to expect any one outcome in particular.

Did you have a job/internship in your field while going to college that helped spark your interest?

I had a number of great leadership experiences that helped guide me in the direction of looking at careers that would allow me to develop and utilize that strength. One of the biggest experiences I had was being a Chairperson for a Regional Housing Conference in 2010. I had to learn to direct a team, plan months in advance, address and resolve conflict, and accept feedback. It was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences I had in my college career, and gave me many stories to tell in my interview processes.

What were you involved in while a student at UW-Green Bay?

I was involved in numerous leadership organizations during my time at UWGB. I began in Student Government as a Senator and over 3 years, worked my way up to the Executive Board, chairing the Academic Affairs committee and representing students on faculty committees. The bulk of my involvement, however, was in Residence Life (5 years). I was involved in RHAA in multiple capacities, and segued that into the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH). Through NRHH, I was able to help lead state, regional, and national levels of the organization, as well as chair a regional housing conference. Some of my other involvements included Camp Lloyd, Psi Chi, and peer tutoring.

Where are you currently employed? Please describe your position.

I am currently employed by Target Corporation in Fond du Lac, WI as an Executive Team Leader - Human Resources (ETL-HR). My position consists of two major parts. The ETL portion of my job involves collaborating with my Store Team Leader and two of my ETL counterparts in managing a $30 million dollar business. This requires a comprehensive business acumen, beyond the scope of simply my HR role.

ETLs with Target are then given a division of the business for which they are ultimately accountable. My other two counterparts run the Logistics and Sales Floor processes, while I am charged with Human Resources. Through this portion of my job, I am essentially in charge of the entire experience from the time one decides to apply at my store to the time they decide to end their employment. This involves training, development, recognition, scheduling, staffing, special initiatives, and policy enforcement --- and driving all of this through my peers and hourly store managers. The easiest way to describe this is that I am in charge of the "people" processes in my store.

How do you keep in contact with other alumni?

I keep in contact with other alumni via Facebook, email, and phone.

What advice would you have for a student wanting to enter your field?

Leadership experience is key to success in any sort of management. With that in mind, take advantage of every developmental and networking opportunity available to you. Furthermore, be able to reflect on your experiences and articulate your successes, failures, and what you learned from both. The ability to appropriately relate your experiences to your potential job is one of the most important things you can do.

Can we share your e-mail address on our website/can career services give it out to students inquiring about a job in your place of employment/field?

Of course! Joshua.VandenBusch@target.com

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