Hey everybody. I'm actually joined by professor John Haggerty with Cornell university. Welcome John. Good to be with you. Absolutely. Yes, sir. So tell the audience a little about your backup.
So I'm maybe a little bit unusual in that I spent the early part of my career, 27 years as an HR practitioner. Like you, I'm actually one of those people who knew I wanted to be in HR from a very early age, and I went to Cornell ILR to get my undergraduate degree specifically for that reason, I supplemented that degree with an MBA from case Western.
And then I started my practitioner career. And I spent 27 years in industry 20 of those years with general electric. When I left GE I was VP of HR for one of their largest industrial divisions. Awesome. Then I came back to court. Then I came back to Cornell as a doctoral student at the young age of 45, which is a bit unorthodox.
I was in some cases twice the age of some of the cohorts in my PhD class. But I really my goal was to. That, that was the only reason I came back to do the PhD was to fill in blanks that I kept noticing, as I practiced my career up to that point, I didn't have a plan other than to complete the PhD.
And as I got closer to finishing my PhD, Cornell asked me if I wanted to teach. I started teaching and I discovered a second career, and it's been 13 years now that I've been teaching at Cornell school of industrial labor relations. So that's been a lot of fun. It's been a good.
That's excellent. As you said that a second ago about going back after you'd had experienced in the field at an age, that was uncommon.
The first thing that popped to my head and I forgive me, my favorite movie in the world is it's a wonderful life. And I could hear him saying, I'm going to go and do all these things and see the world and do this work. Then I'll go to college and see what they know. And that's the first thing I thought of was like, it's, but it's great to have that blend of.
I can see how the world works on a research perspective. I can understand the foundations, the theory behind how this works, but pairing that with the practical piece. I think that's a really critical part. And that's what I actually wanted to talk to you about today to ask for your insight, because of this perspective you have.
I had the chance recently and thank you again to speak with one of your students classes that you're running and. We talked about some of the questions from the audience and the questions that the students were asking were around, what do I need to know? What do I need to do in order to be prepared for this future ahead of me this career path ahead of me in HR.
And I'd love for you to share a little bit about some of the things you were talking about there. Cause I thought that you shared some good ideas with them about what the future skills of HR might look like.