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Tyler worked for 2+ years in HR at USAA, a Fortune 100 company, primarily in their HR Career Development Program. Through several rotations, he gained experience in a number of HR functions, including talent management, succession planning, HR project management, intern recruitment, and people analytics. Tyler recently transitioned into a career services role at the University of Tennessee, where he is helping students kick off their careers (often by working closely with HR professionals). He has a masters degree in HR, as well as an MBA, and previously worked for an HR technology firm where he provided consulting services for 60+ companies.

What words of advice and encouragement would you give to someone just starting out in HR?

If you have (or can develop) a combination of strong project management skills, "soft" skills, and a mind for business strategy and collaboration, you have such potential in HR to be a critical strategic business partner and make a world of difference for both organizations and individual people! And one of the wonderful things about HR is that the field is so varied - if you decide your natural talents aren't a great fit for recruiting, chances are that you can find a match in compensation, data and analytics, talent management, or employee relations (or any one of 100 other subfields within HR). They all lend themselves to different skillsets, so HR can provide a home for a diverse set of professionals. Find what aligns with your talents and personality and chase it!

Tyler Orr

Tyler worked for 2+ years in HR at USAA, a Fortune 100 company, primarily in their HR Career Development Program. Through several rotations, he gained experience in a number of HR functions, including talent management, succession planning, HR project management, intern recruitment, and people analytics. Tyler recently transitioned into a career services role at the University of Tennessee, where he is helping students kick off their careers (often by working closely with HR professionals). He has a masters degree in HR, as well as an MBA, and previously worked for an HR technology firm where he provided consulting services for 60+ companies.

What words of advice and encouragement would you give to someone just starting out in HR?

If you have (or can develop) a combination of strong project management skills, "soft" skills, and a mind for business strategy and collaboration, you have such potential in HR to be a critical strategic business partner and make a world of difference for both organizations and individual people! And one of the wonderful things about HR is that the field is so varied - if you decide your natural talents aren't a great fit for recruiting, chances are that you can find a match in compensation, data and analytics, talent management, or employee relations (or any one of 100 other subfields within HR). They all lend themselves to different skillsets, so HR can provide a home for a diverse set of professionals. Find what aligns with your talents and personality and chase it!

Co-Op Program

Are you looking to create new ways to bring awesome students and entry-level professionals into your organization? One option is a co-op program. Skim through our overview of co-ops, including the main differences between co-ops and internships, possible reasons to consider building a co-op program at your company, and questions to answer if you do.
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