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SHRM@QU Presents: QU Alumna Lauren Saunders

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SHRM@QU is a local student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. We provide students from across the University with the opportunity to gain knowledge and insight into the effective management of human capital in the field of Human Resource Management through affiliation with the New Haven Chapter, the CT State Council, and the national SHRM organization.

The objectives of this chapter include:

*Promoting the exchange of work-related experience of established business professionals with the theoretical academic perspectives of student and faculty members through open forums and information exchanges.

*Encouraging the acquisition, growth, and continuation of our respective careers in human resource management through expanded knowledge, camaraderie, respect, and mutual support among chapter members and through our affiliation with SHRM and our sponsoring chapter.

*Provide a pool of human resource management leaders for perpetuation of the chapter and of SHRM.

*Function as an important vehicle for promoting the field of human resource management to students.

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On March 9th, 2016 one of SHRM@QU’s founding alumni, Lauren Saunders, video-chatted with members to share her experiences after graduating. Lauren graduated from QU in 2014 and is on track to earn her master’s in Industrial/Organization Psychology from the University of New Haven in 2016. Lauren just landed an amazing position as a Talent Management Analyst at Wayfair in Boston, MA.

She explained her personal goals behind starting SHRM@QU and the challenges it took to make it an official charted organization on campus.  Lauren strongly suggested getting involved as much as possible during undergrad since, and taking advantage of the many opportunities available- especially when it comes to being a leader in a student organization. She also went into detail about how she felt about her undergrad experience verses her current experiences as a graduate student and full-time employee. She believes that no matter what profession someone is in, HR training is beneficial- especially when navigating organizational politics and working with other people. She also explained that the knowledge she learned in her classes definitely applies outside the classroom- so take good notes! SHRM@QU members were grateful to have a student’s perspective and understanding about what our futures will hold.

Lauren Saunders

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