This weekend, I was given the opportunity to attend my first HR Conference, HRevolution. HRevolution allows members of the HR community to come together and discuss issues surrounding business today. Although I was a bit nervous, I was excited for this conference, as it was the first conference I attended that was closely aligned with what I do on a daily basis. I had no idea what lay ahead.
Prior to the conference, Chernee alluded to the fact that those attending this event were nothing short of brilliant. The more she talked and the more I researched, the more I became nervous and a bit intimidated by what I thought was in store. How could I ever measure up to these fabulous people who had already made a place for themselves as HR professionals?
As Julie and I immersed ourselves in the conference, meeting and chatting with our fellow conference attendees, I was pleasantly shocked at how welcoming everyone was. For one, there were quite a few attendees who were first timers themselves. Additionally, in meeting a few attendees, Julie and I kept hearing “If there’s anyone you want to meet, just let me know!” Even more, during the Tweet-up on Friday night, we were chatting with one attendee, who introduced us to another, who introduced us to another, who introduced us to another! I can’t even describe the excitement of meeting all of these wonderful people in such a short period of time!
The next day, amid a bit of exhaustion and excitement felt by all attendees, the Unconference began. Different than your typical conference, HRevolution boosts the opportunity for attendees to speak their minds and discuss the nitty gritty. Sessions such as “If HR is so bad, what are you DOING about it?” by Steve Browne and Jason Lauritsen, which dove into why those outside the industry don’t respect HR, and “The Great Performance Debate” by Mike Carden and William Tincup, which offered a debate over if performance reviews should be an annual occurrence or something to be done more frequently, offered new perspectives on areas of the HR field that I hadn’t touched on since college.
Through chat and debate, the passion for HR felt by attendees was evident in each and every moment of the conference. This enthusiasm was contagious. I’ve had an interest in HR for a while now, but their passion for HR got me thinking about what I’m passionate about. What really drives me? In a professional setting, I love the opportunity to help people advance their careers and their lives. And in a personal setting, sure I love to cook and have a yen for traveling, but neither really drives me. So I keep asking myself, what is it that drives me?
Over the last few days, I’ve been thinking about this more and more. The passion of my fellow attendees has really inspired me to figure out what this is. Should I be worried that I haven’t figured it out yet? I don’t think so. I’m only in my 20s. At the same time, I’m ready to find out what that is so I can throw myself into it!
Post written by Jennifer Pray, Recruiter at Whiting Consulting.