Meet a Senior Human Resource Analyst: Susan May
PERSONAL CAREER BRIEF
A graduate of … Clearfield High School
Now working as … Senior Human Resource Analyst, conducting job recruitment, classification, and helping employees with benefits, retirement, payroll issues, etc.
Employer … State of Utah
Check out this website … http://www.dhrm.utah.gov
Business courses were her favorite in high school because … she learned “how to write professional letters, reports, etc. This background has helped me as I have progressed in my career.
Susan’s first job … was as a fast food worker.
The worst job? Hotel Maid, but that experience motivated her to pursue the training/education that was needed so that she could take care of herself without having to take this type of job again.
A Career Highlight … The most rewarding facet of Susan’s job is helping other people. One of the people she recently assisted called Susan her “angel” because she played such a critical role in assuring a smooth transition to retirement.
Advice to students: “I never really knew what I wanted to be when I grew up and have been very fortunate to have ‘fallen’ into the Human Resource field. I have been able to really learn and grow and use my talents. My advice would be that once you know what it is you want to do, don’t let anything stand in your way. Get whatever education and training you will need to be able to accomplish your goals.
- RE: Susan’s first professional job working in the LDS Church Historical Department. “I was able to be mentored by individuals with college educations and it was a wonderful experience.”
- Susan’s post high school education: “I have been fortunate enough to be able to receive most of my training on the job. I originally was hired by the state as a secretary. I have taken the opportunity to learn and grow in each position that I have held.”
- An example of Susan’s impact on the lives of others: “I helped a woman with her retirement a year ago. Her husband was being treated for cancer and she didn’t know how long he had left. She agonized over what to do. I went over all of her options, including taking family medical leave, and she finally came to the decision that she really needed to concentrate on taking care of him, so I helped her through the retirement process. I felt very grateful that I was able to contribute in some small way.