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Brian Bensette

Brian Bensette

General Mills

Human Resources Manager

Personal Information

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School: Michigan State

Major: Human Resources

Years at College Works: 2006

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: General Mills

Title: Human Resources Manager

Industry: Manufacturing

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

Direct management of HR & Training team (6 individuals) in manufacturing plant of ~350 employees. Accountability for all human resources elements (hiring, training, benefits, development, compensation, etc).

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Gaining job offers to companies I could start my career with, and knowing I was a qualified candidate.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

It taught me how to take initiative.

How did your CWP experience impact your career? Immediately after graduation? Now?

It helped me continue to get internships during school, as well as share lessons that I learned while both selling & completing paint jobs.

What was the greatest lesson you learned from your CWP experience?

How to take general ownership and accountability for operations from start to finish.

Advice

What advice do you have for potential CWP participants? Current CWP participants?

This is an internship that allows you to learn what it takes to be successful in the business world. It is what you make of it.

What's your best advice for someone interested in entering your career field?

Understand how people work and think. Relationships are a huge component of how easy or difficult it will be to get things done.

What's your favorite memory from CWP?

Selling and completing my first job.

Last words of wisdom

Good luck - this is an experience that you'll learn from!