In February, the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies mentoring committee hosted a virtual mentoring event for MA-HRIR students and alumni. The 1-hour online event was also supported by the University of Minnesota Alumni Association's Jon Ruzek.

Participants accessed the event on their computers, tablets, and phone. Then they traded messages for up to nine minutes with a fellow HR professional focused on a variety of HR topics including HR compensation and benefits, international HR, talent acquisition, and more. The participants were pleased with the fast-paced opportunity to make new professional connections. There were 39 participants: 11 students and 18 alumni.

“I appreciated the 9-minute cycles," said one student. “This gave me an opportunity to introduce myself and move quickly to any burning questions I had regarding the specific topic/chatroom I was in. I also appreciated that it was virtual, which enabled me to participate from the comfort of my own home.”

"This also provided a platform to connect with alums from around the country and world thus broadening our networks,” said another student.

One of the participating alums also shared feedback, saying “I liked the opportunity to mentor current students and connect with more experienced HR professionals at the same time.”