Diary of A Young Pro: Corinne Prudhomme
2) How old are you?
3) What is your job title?
Associate HR Business Partner and Chef
4) How has the transition been from backpack to briefcase (college to adulthood)?
It has been a roller coaster ride. When I first graduated, the economy was still struggling from its flatline in 2008. The best job I could find was a graduate internship at Disney in my major, Communications. I attempted to make the most of that experience but after 6 months my time was up and I found myself on the market again. Shortly thereafter, I began working with people with disabilities and continued that for 3 years. I was able to harness my interests and decide on Human Resources as the professional/ corporate field I ultimately wanted to pursue. Needless to say, I would have never expected to end up in HR but I absolutely love it.
5) When you were in school, did you imagine your life the way that it is?
Heck no! I sincerely doubt anyone can say they imagined their future life accurately. When I first entered college in 2005, I thought I wanted to be a lawyer. Sike! That went out the window as soon as I was exposed to the numerous courses, majors and extra curricular activities Stanford had to offer. I was interested in several things but Communications held my interest the longest so that is where I directed my energy.
6) What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced during these transitional years?
The biggest challenge for me during these transitional years has been patience. At times, it seems as though the success isn’t coming quickly enough despite all the hard work, but I’ve learned to persevere and remain steadfast. This is something you never stop learning.
7) What is the best advice you have received from a mentor about adulthood and/or careers?
Follow your heart and the money will come. As a young professional with student loans and the like, it is easy to choose opportunities based on their monetary value. But what’s the point of sitting on a pile of money if you’re unfulfilled and unhappy.
8) What advice would you give a young professional?
Don’t compare yourself to your peers. Especially in a world of over-sharing, it is easy to feel that your peers are obtaining more success than you based on what they share on social media. You have to remember, however, that you’re likely comparing your everyday life to the highlights they choose to share. The success, however you may define it, will come when you’re ready for it.
9) What is next for you and the next 12 months? Do you have any goals you would like to accomplish? How are you going to
A lot can happen in 12 months. Just 3 weeks ago I submitted my thesis and obtained my Masters degree in Communication Management from USC. Even more recently, I birthed a baby by the name of Chef Rinnie’s Treat Shop, an online bakery that will officially be open for business in October. In addition to that, my Company is relocating to Texas and I’ll be laid off in the next 3-6 months. All that to say, I hope to turn a profit during my first year in business and that will be enough of an accomplishment in and of itself for me. In the midst of all that, I’ll catch up on the traveling I missed during the last two years while working full time and being in school full time.
10) What makes you special?
I have never lost my childhood curiosity and am inquisitive by nature. Both of those things have allowed me to carve out my own path and remain true to myself along the way.