"Don’t be afraid to go to school in a different state or to accept a job in another state (or country), go where the best opportunity for you is."
My career roadmap has been somewhat defined.
Graduating High School with a strong and interest and strength in History.
Getting a Human Resources internship with Boston Scientific.
Getting accepted into UCSB as a History major.
Receiving a full-time job offer from Boston Scientific as a Human Resources Generalist I.
Here are my extracurriculars relevant to this pathway
DURING MY HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
Boston Scientific’s Bridge to the Future Program for Black youth in Santa Clarita (Mentor was the Vice-President of Human Resources)
DURING MY COLLEGE CAREER
Joined the History Club at UCSB
Regularly checked in with my major counselor to ensure I graduated on time
Had full-time paid internships every summer since graduating high school
What I'm currently doing/hope to do
I am currently a HR Generalist II for Boston Scientific (BSC) in Maple Grove, Minnesota. I started working for BSC shortly after graduating from UCSB in June 2017, I accepted my job offer prior to graduating. As a HR Generalist I am responsible for everything HR related from benefits, payroll, and recruiting, to organization design, diversity and inclusion efforts, employee relations investigations that may end in termination. I worked in the Valencia, CA office for 3 months and then relocated to Maple Grove, Minnesota in September 2017.
How to maximize my time in high school?
Advice #1: At the end of the day, a undergrad degree is an undergrad degree, no matter what it is, it is all about how you use it to get a job. History doesn’t connect with HR but I made it work.
Advice #2: Being a history major requires a lot of time and effort if you truly want to learn and be good at it, so be prepared to be home on Friday and Saturday nights reading or researching.
Advice #3: When taking COC classes do some research to ensure they will most likely transfer to your top 3 college picks. It will be extra work for you down the road if you have classes that don’t transfer.
Advice #4: If interested in HR, a lot of knowledge is learned on the job, so start looking for internships for smaller companies who don’t mind having someone with no experience.
Advice #5: Don’t be afraid to go to school in a different state or to accept a job in another state (or country), go where the best opportunity for you is.