I recently spoke to EMC’s HRLDPers during their orientation. HRLDP is EMC’s Human Resources Leadership Development Program. This program is made up of the brightest college graduates who aspire to have a career in HR; the program grooms them through three, nine month rotations across HR disciplines e.g. HR Business Partner, Talent Acquisition, Compensation etc.
I envy these young professionals. The exposure and support that they get through this program have proven to be career accelerators. The career trajectory of prior HRLDP program alumnae and the leadership positions that many hold across the EMC Federation speaks for itself.
The following pieces of advice received sparked a very positive dialogue:
The first thing I shared is: Know the business as well as the executives that you support – including the financials. Why the finances? Because in the end… all businesses are limited by finite resources and you need to fully understand the levers of control or constraints at play.
The other piece that I shared is: Know that your most strategic asset is the ability to influence – to influence you must build relationships with your business line partners, stay close to the actual pulse (organizational climate) and know the performance metrics of the organization. This may seem obvious but the common challenge that HR professionals face as their career grows is that they lose the pulse of the greater organization.
Engaging with these young professionals and listening to their feedback reminds me of what an amazing time to have a career in the technology industry. I couldn’t be more excited for and proud of these young professionals. It will be fun to watch them flourish.