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HR majors earn more than just a degree

Christina Trentadue

Christina Trentadue

Jovana Miladinovic

Jovana Miladinovic

Like most students coming out of high school, Christina Trentadue and Jovana Miladinovic weren’t sure what they wanted to become.

At first, Christina, 25, studied sociology, while Jovana, 25, pursued a career in mining engineering. Neither students were happy with the path they were on and realized a change was in order.

After speaking with their friends and family and researching professions where jobs remained in high demand both students decided to pursue a career in human resources at Seneca. The clincher for them was the Human Resources Strategy and Technology program, which would allow them to earn their bachelor of commerce degree and gain real-world experience through a paid co-op.

“That’s what differentiates Seneca’s degrees from the rest,” says Jovana. “Many of my friends graduating from university, who haven’t had any co-op work terms, are still having difficulty finding a job.”

Jovana and Christina were both successful in turning their four-month co-op placements into full-time job offers before they even graduated.

Jovana’s co-op was at the Ministry of Government Services, where she continued to work there part-time throughout her final year before being hired full-time as a Course Developer. In her current role, she is responsible for ensuring the effectiveness and overall quality of the ministry’s training materials, making sure that the employees who take these courses get full value from them. She also spends a lot of time writing, editing and publishing various training documents and presentations.

“My job involves a lot of work with different programs and software, which is how my education at Seneca has benefitted me the most.”

Like Jovana, Christina received a full-time job offer from her co-op employer and worked there during her entire fourth year of studies in the program.

She is now an HR Co-ordinator with Veolia Transportation — a company that operates and manages public transportation systems worldwide.

Under the director of her manager, Christina performs a number of critical company functions such as hiring and recruiting, employee orientations and maintaining employee records. Just recently, she was named to the team that is helping to start up the biggest contract for Veolia Transportation in New York City.

“HR is a great career path for people who like diversity and working with others,” Christina says. “There are so many areas you can branch off into if you have the right training. Seneca’s program really gives you the fundamentals you need to succeed in the workforce.”