"I would advise young people to be willing to start at the bottom. Human Resources is not a hard science, but an art. In order to paint the big pictures, you must know the factors that contribute to the picture - human behavior, market trends, etc."

Role Model Photo Ricardo Martinez

Health Field: Health Care Administration

Number of years in the profession:
16 year

Years in College: 4 years

Professional Credentials:
Professional in Human Resources, Certfied Compensation Professional

How did you know this career was what you wanted to do?
I didn't...an opportunity presented itself when I was reading the employment classified ads.

What other careers did you consider?
Retailing. I went to college to major in accounting, and ended up with a bachelor's degree in Business Adminstration with emphasis in Marketing. I also went through ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps). I received a commission, and went on active duty for 11 years. After that, I got into retailing, but I found an opportunity in Human Resources. Been in it ever since.

What experiences in your life developed your interest in your career?
My family was a big influence in making retailing my first choice. My brother owned a grocery store, and my parents didn't want me working in the fields. So, I went to college to prepare myself for a career. Even then, I wasn't real sure.

What early preparations did you take (in high school and college) to reach your career goal?
Two classes that I took in high school, and one in junior high have been very helpful. In junior high, our English teacher had us do public speaking. We prepared and presented talks to our classmates and other classes. In high school, typing (keyboarding) and algebra have helped me immensely. In college, classes that have been particularly helpful include business communcations, statistics, accounting, and algebra.

What things did you find to be difficult as you prepared for your career?


How did you overcome these challenges?


Was your family supportive of you through your college (or other training) years?
Yes

Did you have a job and work while you were going to college or other training? Select Y/N


Present Career as a Health Care Administration


Describe an average work day for you.


How many hours do you work in an average week?
40-50

What kind of health care setting do you work in?
Academic (higher education, a health sciences center that produces doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and allied health professionals)

What do you see as strengths needed for your career?
Strong interpersonal skills, communications skills (verbal and written) math skills, knowledge of word processing, database, and spreadsheet applications

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Providing information and advice resulting in competitive, equitable salaries for our employees.

What advice would you give to those who are interested in your career?
Be willing to start at the bottom. Human Resources is not a hard science, but an art. In order to paint the big pictures, you must know the factors that contribute to the picture- human behavior, market trends, applicable laws, rules, and regulations.

If you could start over, would you still make the same decision to pursue education?


Do you plan to pursue opportunities for advancement in your career field?


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