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Human Resource Management in Sweden (Maymester Embedded Course)
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Yike Zhao

Major: Labor and Employment Relations, Theatre Studies
Minor: Economics
Hometown: Ningbo, China

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I took an HR in Tech course with Dr. Sumita Raghuram, and I had a great experience, so I decided to take this Sweden embedded course with her.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

I have never been to Europe before, so when I saw this course I was very interested in and quite curious about what this country looks like. Sweden is famous for being well-developed socially. We had a great opportunity to learn about this country, not only by travelling around the cities, but also by talking with local students and visiting local companies.

How did this experience impact you academically?

It is great to see how human resources works in Sweden since the Swedish social system is very different from the American social system. I found that human resources in Swedish companies is quite different from that of companies I have visited in California, even though they are all world-famous, big companies. Sweden has a comprehensive welfare system consistent with its national culture, and their companies' human resource policies are also consistent with the system and culture.

This class was a great way to learn about human resources in a real workplace, but under different social systems and values.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

I am a Labor and Employment Relations major, so this class was a great way to learn about human resources in a real workplace, but under different social systems and values. I definitely want to do something related to human resources or management in my future career. I got to learn how human resource practices work with the culture and government through this experience in Sweden. Visiting companies and comparing their human resource practices is very helpful to learn about this business and how human resource policies change based on companies' values.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I recommend this experience to all other students, especially Labor and Employment Relations students, because it is great to learn about a country that works differently. With its focus on human resources, this experience is great for all Labor and Employment Relations students to learn about human resources.

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