HR Generalist Discovers New Opportunities


- Subha Govindarajan

Term : July, 2014
Department : Business and Management
Program : Human Resource MGMT

When Subha Govindarajan began implementing project management methods at her internship, her organization was so impressed that it was just a matter of time before she transitioned into a full-time employee. Govindarajan adopted techniques that she was learning in her Human Resource Management and Project and Program Management courses at UCSC Extension.

"When I started volunteering, I used a lot of Project Management techniques that I learned here," she says. "The tools and concepts were extremely helpful to restructure HR, development and volunteer management process at our organization, so they offered me a full-time position as an HR generalist."

Prior to enrolling in Extension’s HR Management certificate program, Govindarajan earned two graduate degrees, which grounded her in the theory and quantitative aspects of human resources. Despite this, when she took off a year to have her daughter, she felt that she needed a better sense of HR’s practical applications before returning to the workforce. Because HR is a changing, dynamic field, she was especially interested in updating her understanding of relevant laws and regulations, as well as streamlined processes for tracking and evaluating employees.

"I gained solid knowledge on many cardinal HR tools and concepts such as the performance improvement plan and competency mapping etc," she says. "I especially liked all the projects and homework because they were really helpful in my current position and I could apply it directly to my workplace."

Though her graduate degrees have informed her career, Govindarajan says that her experience at UCSC Extension was in many ways more helpful for working in the real world. In addition to their industry experience, her instructors were often available to answer individual questions related to the job search.

“The instructors are so helpful,” she says. “They find time for their students to connect them with people they know. Because they are currently in the field, they can share their practical experience in HR.”

Govindarajan completed the HR Management certificate in early 2014 and was successful in securing full-time employment as an HR generalist at a Bay Area nonprofit.

“If I had known about UCSC Extension’s HR program when I moved to the Bay Area, I probably wouldn’t have had to do my master’s,” she says. “I think I gained much more here.”

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