Shirley Rijkse on work-based learning in HR

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Work-based learning gives students the opportunity to experience a particular job, says Shirley Rijkse, lead instructor of HR and workforce readiness, Central Carolina Community College.

WorkingNation sat down with Rijske at SHRM 2022 Annual Conference & Expo in New Orleans.

Rijske says the listing of skills on a resume is different than before. “It used to be where you just listed skills that you had. Now, we’re having to take a little extra effort to talk about exactly how those are transferable, how some of the things that you have done in a workplace or in the classroom can be transferable into the workplace. Very often some of the great projects that students work on can be very transferable into a workplace and they just don’t even realize that.”

In addition, Rijske says there is now an HR apprenticeship opportunity. “We are the first one in North Carolina. Apprenticeships have been around for a long time and they’re wonderful, but there’s not been one for HR. There is now. And with that, we have connected the dots so that a student could work and gain that experience in the real world while still getting their education.”Learn more about Central Carolina Community College.

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