Having initially studied Sports Therapy at University, I thought I would be on my way to a long and happy career in sport. Then reality hit me and I realised that the application of my degree was not as much fun or as interesting as the past three years I spent learning it! So there I was, at one of those “cross roads” in life, do I continue down a route that my heart is not in, or do I change career?
I knew that I enjoyed interacting with people and the buzz of the busy office environment and when I was given the opportunity to spend time in a Human Resources department, I began to experience the job satisfaction I was looking for. So, decision made! HR it would be, and the search began for an appropriate qualification from a reputable and professional training organisation. Having searched long and hard and having compared many training organisations, I finally chose DPG as their approach was so professional right from the very start.
This has proven to be the best decision of my career so far. The time, effort and money that I have invested in pursuit of my CIPD qualification has been money well spent. The course programme has developed a deeper understanding of the HR practitioner role and how the role adds value to an organisation through the development of HR strategies, policies and procedures. The programme developed my strategic awareness and how the activities within HR need to be aligned with the goals and objectives of the organisation. Most importantly it has provided me with the necessary skill set to launch my new career as I've just secured my first HR role within an excellent organisation who are willing to continue to support my learning.
It's daunting looking for your first HR role and having registered with various recruitment agencies across Cheshire & Merseyside, I soon realised using a recruitment agency was a timely process and didn’t produce the results I set out to achieve often relying on others for jobs to be put forward to me. I therefore took it upon myself to search for the job vacancy that I was looking for, HR Assistant. Within a week of searching the internet and recruitment sites I soon secured two job interviews.
Interviews are a scary process, one which I always find myself worrying about, and questioning if I have the ability to make a good enough impression on the day. Having shared my thoughts through the community page I soon realised I wasn’t alone and the support I received spurred me on to challenge myself and prepare thoroughly ready for my big day.
In the up coming days before my interview I used the STAR model to help prepare interview questions in which I felt I maybe asked on the day, to ensure I felt confident throughout my interview. I then researched both companies to gain a better understanding of their missions and values and also put some thought into questions which I could ask them, to demonstrate I had thought about the business context as well as my personal ‘wants’.
When I reflect on the steps that I took to address my career, I realised that the initial outlay and effort I made, produced the best return on investment I could have wished for.
On that note, I would like to say many thanks to all the team at DPG, especially those involved with the Community and my facilitator Fiona Chatham, as your advice and support on the day was invaluable :)