David Albaugh

David Albaugh

Personnel Administrator


Anaheim Public Utilities

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Followed my heart in choosing my educational path - I chose the things that seemed most interesting.
I had a job in college just to pay the bills.
I finished college and had no idea what to do.
I found opportunites and people willing to teach in my college job.
I worked in eight different positions/jobs until I found the elements of my job I really loved.
I left the organization I was comfortable in to find opportunities to do more of the things I loved.
It took several years, but I slowly worked into a job that is everything I wanted it to be.

Education

High School
Bachelor
California State University-Fullerton
Doctorate
Law
California State University-Fullerton

Career

Personnel Administrator

I make sure the right people are in the right places with the right knowledge to succeed in my organization.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Government
Law
Helping People

Day to Day

One of the things I love about my job is that I don't have a typical workday. Some days I am recruiting, interviewing and hiring. Other days I am developing and delivering training. I may spend time researching and devloping policies, investigating incidences, and coaching other employees to perform at a higher level.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Advanced degrees are not necessary, but are helpful and provide legitimacy and cachet. Really the most important thing is being a pratitioner in the field. I have worked with many people who are succesful in this area who had no formal education in the field. In almost any endeavor, you can pick up the technical skills over time. It is the soft skills and practical application that are most valuable.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

This field of work is a balance of technical skills and soft skills. There are particular areas of education related to human resources, labor relations, and employee relations. But the most practical training I have found is actually getting out into the field and seeing the principles applied in action. Look for internship opportunities or take the time to work different jobs at different levels to get an understanding of system-wide thinking.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
certification
Certification/License

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You should pick these classes, take that job, pay your dues, follow the path laid out for you. There is a "plan" that you need to follow to be happy."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial