I can say that I have had a career where I have enjoyed what I did. I have enjoyed doing many interesting things during my many stops. As a Baby Boomer with lots of knowledge and experience and love mentor people who are newer in their HR careers. I receive great satisfaction and reward from my role instructing HR at Fordham University.
I originally contacted Fordham to suggest that I could add a course in Human Resource Certification to their school. My objective was to get my expertise out there and increase my consulting business. The course is a review prep course for HR professionals to prepare to take the certification for the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP.
A wonderful thing has happened. When you seek to give you get so much more back. I am very grateful for the students (HR professionals) that I have come to know during 3 and 1/2 years there.
I stay fresh in the field because I am using the latest teaching information. But the real gratitude is seeing the interest and appreciation from that next group of HR leaders. When I am covering topics I always give my take and experience and add my context to the learning. In polling my students I have been told that they feel fortunate to learn from my expertise. Some usually say, how did you handle a situation like this one?
I have already seen where some have achieved new roles and promotions and come back to thank me and tell me about it.
I am very greatful that I have been an influence in my HR studeent's careers.