A Focus on Boston Youth

A Focus on Boston Youth

The summer is a busy time for the Workforce Development team at State Street. In addition to 400 college interns that swarm the fancy downtown offices, we onboard 130 high school students, exposing them to the financial world. Our partnership with the Private Industry Council interns is seasoned well with professional development, museum days, and volunteer opportunities – what I like to call “Fun Fridays.”

Managing 130 interns on a field day is tricky and it almost makes me feel like a teacher, but it’s also a break from the office. One thing I did not anticipate was the number of events and logistics I would have to prepare in my role. It has opened me to the world of programming and makes my experience with HR even more unique.

At the intersection of Talent Acquisition and Corporate Citizenship, my team is uniquely placed to work like recruiters with social responsibility in mind. My biggest takeaway from this experience is the multitudinous nature and balance of human assets in a company. Developing high school students comes with its challenges and trying to maintain that relationship beyond college becomes even more complicated. The goal is to eventually convert them to full time hires by starting the pipeline early especially for those at a disadvantage, which sounds pretty easy to say, but amounts to a great deal of work with limited resources.

While I am working hard at my job, I am also understanding how my role connects to the larger picture of talent in the company. This summer, I have learned that the realm of Human Resources is vast in depth and breadth. As I listened to a speaker’s presentation about her journey in HR, I was able to appreciate its complexity through the lens of an employee life cycle. At a company like State Street, we have teams upon teams for bringing in talent – Talent Acquisition, teams working on incentives, employee benefits, rewards, career development, internal mobility, etc. The list is long, which means I have a lot more experiential research to do. This internship has opened the door to only one piece of the puzzle.

 

Written by Naz Subah, BC Class of 2017

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Developing the Workforce

 

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With a major in Management Leadership and minors in Philosophy and International Studies, working at a financial services firm was not a plan. Here I am, interning at State Street, a major financial services institution and loving it.

What’s the catch? My work is meaningful to me – a perfect blend of BC’s Jesuit ideals, men and women for others and my career specific interests.

I work under Global Human Resources, a corporate unit (non-revenue earning) under Talent Acquisition, within the Workforce Development team. All this to say, I do HR and it’s really exciting!

Last year, the Chairman and CEO of State Street pledged $20 million to five nonprofit partners over the duration of four years, with a goal to hire 1,000 full time employees by the end of it. These hires are what HR folks would call “non-traditional” by which they mean someone they would not ordinarily consider. My team is making this goal and dream come true. We take interns at every level from Boston Public Schools – high schools, community colleges, etc. and our data shows a wide range of diversity in demographics.

So what’s my job? Everything. Within the first week I learned the basic systems and softwares, completed 9 compliance trainings, and learned more about my team’s mission. By the second week, I was contributing to Orientation for our high school interns. I was given an hour and fifteen minutes for the Activities part- more than any other segment of the day. I kept my audience engaged, attentive, and excited about their team building exercises – courtesy of my intensive training as an Orientation Leader and management class from last semester, Leading High Performance Teams.

I cannot believe three weeks have gone by; I have so much more to learn!

 

For more information about the initiative, visit http://www.statestreet.com/ideas/publications/boston-wins-video.html

Written by Naz Subah, BC Class of 2017