Projects Assistant & Administration - Sussex Chamber of Commerce
Providing an administrative service to senior members of staff, this included duties such as scanning, filing, diary management and minute taking during meetings.
The role itself was a starting point for me to gain professional working experience, from leaving school I decided not to go to college and to take an apprenticeship with the Sussex Chamber of Commerce. This helped me gain an understanding of working life and helped to direct me down the correct career path, without having the A level qualifications.
The NHS is a very busy and complex organisation. From leaving my previous role I was extremely attracted to the HR career path, so I applied for an initial job as the receptionist within the department, this included simple duties such as answering the phone, scanning, dealing with post etc.
Within three months my manager gave me a promotion, this was dealing with amendments to employee’s contracts, such as hour’s changes, maternity leave/paternity leave, leavers, any changes to do with an employee’s job.
HR Projects, Diversity & Inclusion
At Equiniti I take ownership for the smooth running of HR projects and our Diversity and Inclusion Networks, these include LGBTQ, Multicultural, Gender, Disability & Mental Health and Age. This includes being the main point of contact, organising events for our employees, communicating our networks internally throughout the business and interacting effectively with employees’. Ensuring we are being compliant not only in the UK but Gloablly!
I am currently undergoing my professional CIPD qualification which means I become HR qualified, and guess what? I do it at my desk.. No college, no university! A professional qualification!
I have been working since leaving school at the age of 16, I am now set in a career where I can prosper. I’d like to think I am ambitious and self-pushed, when leaving school I had to take a huge risk.. It was either sign up to college or go to my apprenticeship interview, but if I didn’t get the apprenticeship I would miss the sign up deadline for college.. As you can now tell I like to take risks! I went to the interview and was amazed that they offered me the job - with taking this step I now have years of professional history under my belt and a great career path!
Recruitment and human resources HR
If you set your mind to it and really feel passionate about a career path, go for it!
I was more creative less academic I must say.. I loved art, so by my revision technique for my GCSE's was to draw/doodle, for example I would draw pictures around my house regarding a specific subject – it worked – not for German though!
Communication, attention for detail, strong interpersonal skills, creative thinker, prioritising workloads, proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, able to deal with a change in priorities, customer facing skills, working within a team and independently.
I developed my skills by watching, understanding and asking a variety of questions to other colleagues. This helped me gain a wider insight into what their job entails and helped me gain a broader knowledge on the company.
When I was at school I studied law, I was extremely interested in the subject and always wanted to pursue something that would have a law aspect, whether this was a lawyer, solicitor or barrister. However HR also incorporates the law aspect, this may be with dealing with employee investigations, a disciplinary etc, all very interesting!
I have to say, I would do nothing differently. I am pleased and happy I done this by myself!