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Darla Moore School of Business

MHR candidate realizes importance of flexibility

Sept. 5, 2018

Gabe Migala, Master of Human Resources candidate

Why did you choose the MHR program at the Moore School?

As I searched for the right graduate program for me, I was awestruck by both the companies who recruit from South Carolina as well as the remarkable reputation of the faculty. Once I first spoke with Sally Fulkert about what the MHR program had to offer, I was sure it was the right fit for me. The beautiful South Carolina weather didn’t hurt either!

What has been the most influential thing you've learned through your program?
I believe learning to have the ability to adapt to many different sets of circumstances or working environments has been the most important lesson so far throughout my time in the MHR program. Once you’re sitting at your desk during your internship, chipping away at one of the 18 projects you’ve been handed, you’re much better off having gone through a curriculum that challenges you and encourages you to wear many different hats.

Where and with what company was your internship?
Atlanta, Georgia, with Honeywell

What were you doing day-to-day?
Working in a primarily project management-based role, I usually allotted time to work on many different projects enabling various strategic initiatives throughout each day. I set aside most of my mornings for tasks that may have required collaboration with employees outside the U.S., while my afternoons were often filled with calls regarding my intern team’s corporate project.

What is the most important thing you learned?
Having worked on projects that were global in scope with project sponsors based all around the world, learning the ins and outs of contributing to a truly global organization is something I’ve valued immensely. While I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel to Europe for a face-to-face meeting with my manager’s global team, it did not come without my fair share of 5:30 a.m. calls with European colleagues.

Would you recommend this internship/company to other MHR students?
I would definitely recommend an internship with Honeywell to other MHR students. No matter what I was working on this summer, it always felt like something that would genuinely affect the company’s performance in a positive, impactful way. Honeywell truly strives to empower its HR employees.

Where do you see yourself in five to 10 years?
After graduating from the MHR program in December, I'd like to eventually be managing HR for an entire business division, hopefully after having worked internationally for some of those years!

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