Career Connections: Getting Ready for Your Career 4   Western Reserve Public Media

Career Connections: Getting Ready for Your Career 4 is directed at middle school and high school students who are considering life choices. One such choice revolves around what career to pursue. What steps will they follow to make this important decision?

Human Resource Manager


The Human Resources department in a company is charged with finding, screening, recruiting and training job applicants, as well as administering employee-benefit programs. The main job is to act as a liaison between the employer and employees.

About the Video

Laura Good is the Director of Human Resources at Schumacher Homes. She sees her job as making the path smooth between employer and employee. She spends most of her time in her office, communicating by email, phone or in person, but no matter how much work she has to do, she always leaves her door-open encouraging others to stop in.

It is her responsibility to protect the workers by bringing issues of concern to management. She says the employees are her customers and she always works toward resolution of any issues.

Schumacher Homes has 325 employees nationwide and Laura and one other person deal with employee or employer problems.

A four-year degree, a strong foundation in math and working your way up are things necessary to become a human resource person. She suggests students work on speech and take business classes. A focus on accounting is also helpful. Knowing how to budget is another big part of the job.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a median salary for a Human Resources Manager is $99,720. per year.

Based on this topic, what questions do you have and what additional information would you like in order to connect your interests and strengths to the careers and industries highlighted in the video?

During the Video: Take notes on information that stands out, poses additional questions for you, or that supports your existing ideas about the careers or industries in the video

Now that you’ve viewed the video, analyze whether the new information impacts your previous ideas or opinions about the careers or industries.

Are there new careers and industries you’d like to research and learn more about? Are there changes to your previous interests based on the new information you gained? How can you connect your current learning to the skills and strengths highlighted in the video?

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