Lyndin Belleau could not wait to enter the Human Resources field and gain real-world experience. After completing his first year of Fleming’s Business Administration – Human Resources Management program, Lyndin secured summer employment as an HR Assistant.
The Fleming College student is working at Garden River First Nation, near Sault Ste. Marie, where he prepares packages for Chief and Council when hiring new management or senior-level positions, attends meetings related to HR matters, files staff personnel files, and sits on the Health & Safety Committee.
“I found that Human Resources Administration really helped me be prepared for what I am currently doing today in the office,” said Lyndin, who begins his second year at Fleming this fall. “Classroom case studies and real world scenarios helped me prepare to work independent or in a team, as well as have the knowledge of some Human Resources practice.”
Lyndin said he also felt prepared for this summer position thanks to his on-campus job experience with Fleming Career Services, where he worked as the Career Services Assistant.
“Career Services gave me that on-the-job experience, from maintaining files to helping create projects, and plan for events around campus. They even helped me with my resume!” he said.
Lyndin is very excited about this opportunity and especially looks forward to learning from his boss, who once served as Chair of the Human Resources Research Institute (HRRI).
“She is one of only six fellows to be given out by the association. As well, she owns her own consulting firm,” he said. “It may sound weird that I’m excited about my boss, but I’m excited about everything that I will be able to learn from her and the vast knowledge she has in the profession.”
This job is also an opportunity for Lyndin to return home to Garden River for the summer. Lyndin’s home, he said, was a factor in deciding to attend Fleming’s Sutherland Campus in Peterborough.
“I decided to attend Fleming because it felt a lot like home,” he said. “Knowing Fleming is small and has those one-on-one connections with professors and staff was a big reason as to why I came to Fleming.”
Another deciding factor was that Fleming’s Business Administration – Human Resources Management program offers all nine courses required to write the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) exam, and that Fleming has education pathways to continue studies in Canada and abroad.
“My experience so far has been amazing at Fleming. I have met so many great friends through my program that I know will be lifelong friends forever,” said Lyndin. “We are a great school community that may be small but we are powerful once we have the opportunity to go out in the world and be a force of nature.”