I hope all of my readers have enjoyed the content of the company blog these past couple of months and have been following along with each story! From employee introductions to company outings and industry trends, the blog has been a portal for the curious and the investigative. But as the next round of articles pump out in the coming two weeks, you may begin to notice some small, but exciting changes, as I end my authorship and pass it off to my colleague!
So who am I?
Hi! My name is Rachael, I am the HR Intern here at Sulzer US who has been the source of your entertainment and your eyes into this very diverse and exciting company! I am a rising senior at Rutgers University, studying Human Resource Management and Labor Studies (yay for people!). My internship here at Sulzer is my first, and has given me the chance to learn so much about HR! I joined the company back in mid May as the HR Intern in a more generalist role, since I didn’t really know what part of HR I wanted to work in. My goal was to gain a comprehensive, all inclusive, hands on experience within the field so that I could find my niche and run with it – this internship did exactly that for me!
At Sulzer US, it’s real beauty lies within its flexibility. This flexibility can take you wherever you want within the company, giving you the capability to learn and grow exponentially and without limits! With this in mind, I carved and molded my internship into something tangible, focusing mainly on recruiting, and touching marketing, and employee engagement, training, and onboarding. Learning about recruitment in school and then actually recruiting for a company are two separate activities. In school, we learn about the theory behind recruiting, and the process of recruiting, along with all of its little pieces…it’s pretty hum-drum and dry.
But taking that process, and bringing it to life: streamlining processes, implementing systems, and connecting with candidates- of the little pieces and parts that come with the recruiting cycle, along with keeping a goal in mind to ultimately reach, is a whole other story. As a part of my recruiting efforts, I created the company blog to give readers a first hand look inside our company while bringing out the best features of each Sulzer character, to show the online world a little bit more of what we do!
The blog was in the works for a few weeks before we got it off the ground, and it took a lot of brainstorming and testing. Just coming up with the name for the Sulzer Squad took me a few days and a few people! I wanted it to be the perfect representation of our company, and capture every little detail of our personalities. Once the Sulzer Squad series lifted off, other posts came easier.
At first I was working closely with my mentor, Lauren, and eventually let go of her hand and took on the project myself. And now I write this farewell as I reach the last two weeks of my internship and pass on the torch to my new colleague, Shannon. This blog has been a substantial part of my internship and I very much enjoyed promoting the company.
My internship with Sulzer will have an everlasting effect on my life, and not only in my late knowledge of HR, but in the people, my skills, and my overall impression of life after college. I have made relationships with some extraordinary people that do not cease to amaze me each day, both inside of work and out. I have gained and sharpened skills (some I didn’t even know I had) that will make me a better HR person, colleague, and friend. And I no longer have fear of life after college, but instead, a fire of motivation within me.
It is a bittersweet goodbye to leave a company that has worked so closely with me to teach me and guide me. I arrived at this company with a bag of ideas, neatly folded and organized, just waiting for the opportunity to be brought to life. But three months later, I leave with my arms overflowing, cascading, blasting with ideas, about to burst!
I hope all of my readers have enjoyed my work, and this piece which is my final one. But I am happy to pass on this role to Shannon because she will bring rich, original ideas to the blog and continue to live through it in new and exciting ways!
Thank you for being loyal readers and I hope that you will continue to spread the word about us and return back each week to read what’s new!