How ERGs Can Ease the Transition from New Grad to Working Professional
As a recent college graduate, I often find myself comparing life as a student to life as a working professional. In college, there were endless opportunities to connect with other students outside of class—from campus clubs and Greek activities to intramural sports. These opportunities allowed me to master new skills, experiment with different activities, and advance my learning.
Like many universities, Rubrik’s culture also emphasizes the importance of connecting with peers, which is why folks across the globe have started Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). Entirely employee-run, ERGs create a collective voice within the company around shared issues that help promote an inclusive, respectful workplace. This environment is especially important for employees new to the workforce who are still trying to learn the ropes of a corporate company.
At Rubrik, we currently have three ERGs: ARC (LGBTQIA+), Adelante! (LatinX), and W@R (Women at Rubrik). Each ERG is organized and led solely by employees—and they’re open to all. Every Rubrik employee is encouraged to join or initiate a new ERG, no matter their passion.
I joined W@R a few months into starting my job. W@R’s mission is to provide a platform committed to fostering diversity, accelerating career growth, and building community within Rubrik and beyond. Like other ERGs, W@R provides global employees with a variety of resources, networking opportunities, and events. Here are some valuable programs W@R has offered:
Mentorship Circles: Participating members are split into groups with an assigned mentor who provide guidance on a variety of topics, such as negotiation, authentic leadership, and influence. The group meets regularly to discuss these topics, ask questions, and share personal experiences.
Guest Speakers: Rubrik hosts internal and external female leaders who leverage their experience to give advice on career growth, management, and navigating the tech industry.
Rubrik Beyond Work: W@R sponsors projects to support local charities and initiatives. For example, in honor of International Women’s Day, we collaborated with the non-profit LifeMoves on a blanket-making activity to support women and children staying in local shelters. These events are open to all employees and are an opportunity to make an impact on the community .
ERGs also allow you to work on projects outside of the scope of your role for skill and professional development. As co-chair of new member recruiting, I’m working on projects outside of my role at Rubrik, which has allowed me to think outside of my usual box and collaborate across departments. It’s also rewarding for members directly involved in these ERGs to see the impact their actions have on our internal community.
When you join a company, you’re not just part of a workforce—you’re helping to build a culture. For many new grads, joining an organization that offers the opportunity to support causes they’re passionate about and connect with others can help fuel success. I can certainly attest that it will help make your work life more fulfilling!
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