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Classroom
A traditional classroom couples on-site learning with the added value of face-to-face interaction with instructors and peers. With courses and exams scheduled worldwide, you will be sure to find a class near you.
Interaction
Highly Interactive
On-going interaction with instructor throughout the entire classroom event
Interaction with peers/professionals via face-to-face
Components (May Include)
Onsite
On-site instructor-led delivery of course modules, discussions, exercises, case studies, and application opportunities
Supplemental learning elements such as: audio/video files, tools and templates, articles and/or white papers
E-course materials available two weeks prior to the course start date; printed course materials ship directly to the event location
Duration
One + Days
Varies by course ranging from one to multiple days
Technical Needs
Specific requirements are clearly noted on the course page
Virtual Classroom
Ideal for those who appreciate live education instruction, but looking to save on travel. A virtual classroom affords you many of the same learning benefits as traditional–all from the convenience of your office.
Interaction
Highly Interactive
On-going interaction with instructor throughout the entire virtual classroom event
Interaction with peers/professionals via online environment
Components (May Include)
Live online instructor-led delivery of course modules, discussions, exercises, case studies, and application opportunities
Supplemental learning elements such as: audio/video files, tools and templates, articles and/or white papers
E-course materials available up to one week prior to the course start date. Recorded playback and supplemental materials available up to seven days after the live event.
Duration
Varies by course ranging from one to multiple sessions
Technical Needs
Adobe Flash Player
Acrobat Reader
Computer with sound capability and high-speed internet access
Phone line access
E-Learning
A self-paced, online learning experience that allows you to study any time of day. Course material is pre-recorded by an instructor and you have the flexibility to view content modules as desired.
Interaction
Independent Learning
Components (May Include)
Pre-Recorded
Pre-recorded course modules
Supplemental learning elements such as: audio/video files, online quizzes
E-course materials start on the day of purchase
Optional purchased print material ships within 7 business days
Duration
120 Days - Anytime
120-day access starts on the day of purchase
Direct access to all components
Technical Needs
Adobe Flash Player
Acrobat Reader
Computer with sound capability and high-speed internet access
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To Succeed in HR, Be Like Gumby — Flexible

Julie Kellman, CCP, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is a true human resources generalist. She is currently the total rewards director with Pepper Construction Group in Chicago. She has over 25 years of experience leading human resources functions in a wide variety of industries, including social service, chemical manufacturing, high tech and construction. Julie holds a bachelor’s of arts degree in English from the University of Iowa and an MBA with a labor relations concentration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Julie Kellman
Director, Benefits and Compensation, Pepper Construction Group 

Q: What is the No. 1 career assist you received?
A: For my very first professional job following graduate school, I was hired into a position that I was completely unqualified for, both on paper and in reality. I was hired to report to the CEO as the director of human resources for a 300-plus employee social service agency. Obviously, I was hired based on my character and intellect — not on my experience. My boss knew I was smart enough and committed enough to learn and get the work done. He had complete faith in me. I took that faith, learned about HR and became a successful professional. He spent time coaching me, and his investment in me and the risk he took on me were priceless. I challenge myself and others to select employees based on more than the resume and the answers to behavioral interview questions. I challenge them to look at the person through the usual recruiting noise.

Q: What is key career advice you would give to others?
A: Never stop learning. Be mindful and keep all your skills up to date. Never let yourself or your skill set become obsolete.

Q: What is something HR can’t live without?
A: Everyone in HR needs to be able to manage through ambiguity. Our world consists of many shades of gray. Anyone seeking a black-and-white space should stay away from HR.

Q: What are two out-of-the-ordinary skills every rewards professional needs?
A: Context: Without understanding how to apply the fabulous benefits we offer and programs we create, we are nothing. We must understand and know the context in which our rewards programs will function and serve employees. Flexibility: I have Gumby and Pokey figurines on my desk to remind me to adapt to the circumstance, place, time or thing. We need to be able to adjust the things we offer to best serve the employees and the company.