On September 13th, 2016 Geronda Wollack came to talk to SHRM@QU about the transition from undergraduate/graduate school to work life. She currently works at Gartner as an HR Management Associate and graduated from the University of New Haven with a Master’s in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She also earned a B.S. in International Business with concentrations in Human Resource Management and Psychology from Johnson & Wales University.
Ms. Wollack provided insight to our members based on her personal journey. She advised that we continually reflect on our experiences and be “open continuously to feedback.”
She gave us advice on how we should choose something to excel at and that we do not need to have everything figured out now. Her key takeaways included the following:
- Work life is more fast paced with higher expectations
- Continue to explore your strengths and development areas
- Reflect on your experiences
- Own your development and be in competition with yourself
- Do the right things and you will be fine!
She also recommended that we read “The First 90 Days” by Michael D. Watkins and “It’s Showtime! Richard Butterfield’s Power of Persuasion” by Richard Butterfield.
The SHRM@QU members greatly appreciated the discussion. We would like to thank Ms. Geronda Wollack for taking the time out of her busy schedule to talk with us about her experience and share her advice.