As an animal rescue volunteer and foster for dogs, Arianne has a passion for helping animals in need. Doing the job well takes an endless amount of selflessness to focus on what’s best for the animal. That same compassion helps her excel in the Human Capital Apprentice Program as well. The better she understands the challenges of the hiring process for a candidate, the better she can do her job. Whether she’s working with animals that need a home or developing projects for Talent Acquisition, Arianne’s favorite part of the job is seeing the positive end results.
How do you describe your job to family and friends?
I’m in the Human Capital Apprentice Program. It’s a two-year development program where I rotate through the different centers of excellence within Human Capital—like Talent Acquisition and Talent Development—and within our different businesses like UnitedHealthcare and Optum. It’s to prepare me for a role as a human capital consultant, where we focus on the best ways to hire and develop our people.
What are some of the greatest challenges you need to take on in order to be successful in your role?
The biggest challenge I face is taking ideas all the way through the project lifecycle, from idea to implementation. In general, I have to take a lot of projects from start to finish so I have to stay focused on the end result.
What are the elements of your job you love?
I love seeing projects come to life. I report directly to a vice president who trusts me with the projects she gives me and helps me through the different stages. I get a real sense of independence through the work that I do.
What interests or passions do you have outside of work?
In my spare time, I volunteer at a local animal rescue, which is actually the same place where I adopted one of my dogs. I’m an approved foster parent for them and I take dogs to different adoption events to help them meet potential future parents.
How do some of the elements or traits you possess for those passions and interests show up when you are at work?
In both animal rescue and my work, I have to be fully involved from beginning to end. In rescue, I’ll see a dog start the process and go into a foster home, adoption events and eventually get adopted into its forever home. When I’m at work, I face different challenges on the way to the end result. In both cases, I get to see the positive results that come out of the process.
How does the work environment at UnitedHealth Group make the most of your talents and skills?
The work environment makes the most of my talents because it’s very flexible. This helps bring out more of my creativity and lets me be more innovative, versus having somebody telling me what to do every single step of the way.
How have you grown at UnitedHealth Group?
I’ve grown in so many ways throughout the course of this program. Not only have I learned an immense amount about the business, but I’ve also learned how to do project-based work and take an idea all the way through implementation. I’ve also gotten a lot better at networking—everyone is so nice and encouraging that now I feel comfortable meeting and talking with new people.
What’s the most important thing someone should know before joining our company?
Be prepared to work hard because the people here are passionate about the work they do and who they do it for.
If you weren’t working at UnitedHealth Group or doing what you do today, what would you be doing?
I would be living in a Sprinter van that’s converted into a tiny house, traveling North America, with my partner and our two dogs.
What are you most grateful for?
I am most grateful for the different opportunities I’ve had in my life, but I’m also thankful for some hardships that I experienced growing up, because I feel like those turned me into the person I am today.