Why did you choose the MILR program?
The MILR program provides access to research and executives who are setting precedents in the field and that makes all the difference in preparing us to be successful HR and business leaders. Also, the smaller class size and the breadth of HR topics that the MILR program covers is so unique. Being able to pair it with the MBA program really helped set me up for success post-graduation and in the long term.
What has been your favorite class so far?
My favorite class so far has been Mergers, Acquisitions, and Human Resources. It’s been great diving deep into M&As in different industries and understanding the underlying business and HR implications. I love the enthusiasm and diverse perspectives my classmates bring to lecture. It adds so much quality to the learning process and allows me to share my experiences as well.
What is your favorite part of Ithaca?
That is really hard to choose, but I have to say that all of the hiking trails are very beautiful in Ithaca. Some of my favorites include Buttermilk, Treman Stake Park, and Taughhannock Falls. It’s a great way to stay active, take a break, and take in some spectacular views (especially in the fall!). Some of my other favorite spots include the Commons, Cornell Botanical Gardens, Stewart Park, and sailing or kayaking on Cayuga!
What advice would you give a prospective student?
Before starting the program, reach out to 3 students to learn about their experiences to get an idea of what to expect and how you can prepare. Also, creating a plan for what you want to get out of the program will be helpful. It gets busy early on in the program with core classes and recruiting, so having these priorities top of mind will help you stay focused and energized.
What was your summer internship company/location?
As part of the Dual MBA/MILR program I had the chance to participate in two summer internships. My first summer I worked at Capital Group in Los Angeles and the next summer I interned with Cisco in San Jose.
Where will you be working full-time after you graduate?
I look forward to returning to Cisco full-time in 2020 for their HR rotational program!
More about Sharlene
Undergrad Degree: B.A. in Psychology from University of California at Los Angeles
Prior Work Experience: After earning my B.A. in Psychology from UCLA, I joined a digital technology startup and helped them manage and grow their organization. My experience at a startup gave me the chance to develop a variety of skills by working in all area of the business and managing a variety of roles as well. During my time there, I realized I was most excited about the people aspects of the business and that is how I was led to a career in HR and why I decided to pursue my MILR/MBA degrees.