Cayla Wessley, '10
Major / Minor: BBA-HR Man. Emphasis/Sociology
Job Title: Customer Support Associate
Why did you choose to go into your program of study?
I knew that I wanted to go into the field of business, and after looking through the emphasis choices and digging deeper into the classes associated; the Human Resource Management emphasis was of the most interest to me. I also felt that I would excel most in this area based on not only my interest, but the skills and abilities that I had acquired through UW-Fox and high school.
When you began at UW-Green Bay, what did you expect for your future?
When I started at UWGB I envisioned graduating and getting a prestigious spot as an HR Director right away of course! Although, that was an ambitious dream I did not realize just how tough the market can be. I really enjoy what I do now and I realize that everyone has to start somewhere. Get in somewhere, work hard and you can create your own path.
Did you have a job/internship in your field while going to college that helped spark your interest?
I worked part-time at ThedaCare around 24-32 hours a week while I was at UW-Green Bay. It was business related, but did not spark the interest to go into HR.
What were you involved in while a student at UW-Green Bay?
While at UWGB I did work quite a bit, and I commuted from Appleton, WI. I was involved with the student chapter of Green Bay SHRM. I would recommend to others to get involved as much as you can, as if I did it over I would have gotten involved in more.
Where are you currently employed? Please describe your position.
I am currently employed at Aerotek, in Appleton WI. We are a professional staffing and recruiter company. I am in a role titled Customer Support Associate. In this role my main responsibilities include payroll, benefits, workers compensation, pre-employment paperwork processing, E-Verify, new hire orientations, and other HR administrative tasks as assigned.
How do you keep in contact with other alumni?
The main sources used are LinkedIn and occasionally Facebook. Getting involved with UWGB as an Alumni is also a great source to get in touch with old classmates, professors, faculty and hopefully new graduates looking for a great work opportunity.
What advice would you have for a student wanting to enter your field?
Don't get stuck on titles. Make sure that you are more concerned with the job description of which you are applying. As long as you do what you love and have a passion for it; everything else will follow. Also, if you are considering going into HR consider testing for your PHR Certification if given the chance. It is seen as preferred in many listed openings and the market will become more competitive in years to come; having the one up can really help!
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