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Week 2: Experiences with Discrimination

When looking over the scenario of whether or not I would feel different if I found out a company I love has been discriminating against individuals from my ethnicity and other traits that I am associated with, a few things came to mind. First off yes, this would absolutely change how I view this company and how I feel about the company. However, if I found out that the company discriminated against people that were not things I associated myself with, it would still change the way I view any company. I feel as though it is important for every company to be able to have fair hiring and recruiting practices, no matter the ethnicity, religion, or color of skin. I feel like this most definitely would influence the way I support a certain company as I don’t want to be associated with an organization that discriminates in any form. I don’t believe in any form of discrimination so I don’t believe this is somewhere I would consider working or applying to. Everyone deserves to have an equal opportunity and by a company doing these sorts of things, my values don’t align with the company so I don’t think this is the type of place I would like to work or the type of people I would like to work with. No matter what you look like, no matter what your beliefs are, everyone who puts the work in and is qualified for a job should have the same, equal opportunity as the next person.

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Week 1 Blog: Recruitment & Selection

One thing I do know is just how important recruiting and hiring the right person is for a company. Like said in lecture, if a company were to hire the wrong person, this can lead to many high costs and lead to failures in very important aspects of the job. However, what it really comes down to is how much a company values their hiring practices, compared to other aspects such as product development and marketing. Some companies may believe that their product is the most important part of their company, and spending the money on marketing to get their name out their is more important and worth it instead of using the money on selecting the right candidates and making sure they hire the right people. In some ways, spending money on the marketing side of the business may increase sales and get a name out there, which in turn would add value and increase the amount of people willing to work there.

However, having said all of that, there are major benefits to allocating resources towards recruitment and selecting the right hires. One thing that comes to mind is avoiding the loss that could have been if a company hired the wrong person. This includes, money going into recruiting that hire, paid salary that did not add value to the company, as well as other incurred expenses that go into having the employee on board. Allocating resources to recruitment will help make sure you hire the person who is the right fit, and will add value to the company. You can’t have a great product without great people. Some weaknesses I can see within this is not having more resources to put into things like product development, however, if you have the right people you can get greater things done than with those that don’t fill well with the company.

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Week 1 Blog Post: Job Applications

My last experience with applying to a job was actually my sophomore year of college. I applied for the MECOP program in hopes to gain access to two, six month internships with different companies. I thought this was a great opportunity as you get to experience to different work places and figure out what fits you best. This process was pretty easy going, however it was long. I had to go through multiple applications and multiple interviews over the past two years which made me feel like this is going to be such a great opportunity. It felt real and authentic and made me feel more like this was a program that could really get my feet off the ground once I am done with college. Most of the people who interviewed were also one part of the MECOP program and have made careers from that so it made me feel like this is definitely worth my time. A few of the different experiences I went through included a first very serious interview to get accepted into the program. This one was a bit longer and I was for sure nervous but it was a great experience, especially since I was still pretty young and in my early years of college. Once I got accepted, we then had a meet and greet with each of the companies within our respective majors. This was great because we were able to get a feel for which companies we could potentially be working for as well as get to know what type of people work there. After this we then had one more interview just for them to get to know us a little better and based on this the companies can then choose their specific candidates. Ultimately I got placed with Genentech and will have a project management internship with them starting in June. Overall this experience has been very professional and very real. I feel as though I have two great opportunities that will very much help me in the future.