With LinkedIn usefully reminding me that my five year work anniversary is approaching I was prompted to write down some of my reflections about work over these years. This was combined with a colleague chatting to me about my journey from HR Administrator to HR Consultant and so here I am!
In my first role I was given invaluable support through regular one to ones and was allowed to develop my skills on the job. Unlike many roles I was given autonomy to work creatively from the outset and allowed to be my whole self at work. I found the HR Administrator role to be a perfect balance of processes and getting things done but also a focus on working with people, in particular building relationships with managers in the organisation, this helped me to increase my confidence and develop my interpersonal skills.
I was given the opportunity to study for my CIPD qualification whilst working full time through an employee sponsorship scheme and for me at the time it wasn’t an easy decision as after 4 years of higher education I wasn’t sure if going back to university was the right decision. However I can safely say that it was the right thing to do and some busy weekends and late nights later I graduated and was able to take a step up in the organisation to become a trainee HR Consultant. Then came the real challenges, building new relationships this time with external managers, taking the time to implement the theoretical side through exercises such as competency workshops, delivery of management development training and employee relations advice. I have been working as fully qualified consultant now for almost two years and I am passionate about the role of HR in organisations and personally strive to ensure that it is a value adding service.
So all in all apart from the technical side what have I learnt over the last five years?
- Be prepared to take risks – take that opportunity, just because you haven’t done something before it doesn’t meant that with the right support you can’t be successful.
- Be open to and actively seek feedback on your performance to ensure continuous improvement.
- Be yourself, you don’t have to emulate someone else to be successful, do it your own way.