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  • What was your first job? Apart from babysitting, my first job was as an admin assistant for a Financial Advisory firm. Did you ever imagine to be undertaking your current role, if not, what did you want to be doing? When I first started working I didn’t know my specific role existed, but I was always interested in banking & finance. I wanted to travel and when I was younger I envisaged this would be visiting different countries on a regular basis, however I achieved this in a different respect by working in Germany for a number of years. Which parts of your role are the most and enjoyable and which parts are the most challenging? I really enjoy the people management part of my role, helping staff to develop and seeing them flourish in their careers. On the flip side, this can also be the most challenging part of […]

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  • What was your first job? Working in Sainsbury’s customer café! Glamorous. Did you ever imagine to be undertaking your current role, in not, what did you want to be doing? Yes and no! I originally thought I would become a doctor but after some stomach turning work experience, I decided to pursue law. There’s a pretty set path to qualification and the main challenge was securing a training contract. Once I had my training contract offer everything seemed to fall into place and I was lucky to qualify with my firm in the depths of the recession. I certainly didn’t see myself practicing pensions law though. I didn’t even know it existed before I started my training contract! Which parts of your role are the most enjoyable and which parts are the most challenging? Some of the most challenging parts of my job are also the most enjoyable – providing […]

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  • What was your first job? Sales Assistant for Boots the Chemist. Did you ever imagine undertaking your current role, if not, what did you imagine doing? During my school years, when it came to making a decision about my career, I knew I wanted to either work in Human Resources or to become a history teacher. Through work experience I learned more about both professions and this really helped me to make a decision about what would suit me. I’ve not looked back since. Which parts of your role are the most enjoyable and which parts are the most challenging? I really enjoy being in a position to offer (hopefully) very practical help and advice to others who are at the start of their career. The most challenging part is balancing all the aspects of my role – as a generalist HR Advisor no one day is ever the same! […]

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  • What was your first job? A sales assistant at TJ Hughes. Did you ever imagine to be undertaking your current role? If not, what did you want to be doing? While I was at university, I wasn’t aware of this role. However, when it came to applying for it, I realised that it fitted my criteria of what I want in a job – working with young people to raise aspirations and realise their potential. Which parts of your role are the most enjoyable, and which parts are the most challenging? The journey that I go on with students – from their very first visit to a university setting to the point where they get to make decisions about what career path is right for them – is by far the most enjoyable. The most challenging would be trying to showcase to outside stakeholders that our work makes a difference, […]

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  • What was your first job? My Dad had me making cups of tea and organising incoming faxes (yes, faxes) in his office pretty much as soon as I could walk, so I guess an Apprentice job at Gotham Records was my first job. My first real job was a Saturday girl working at SIMS Footwear in Great Western Arcade. Did you ever imagine to be undertaking your current role, if not, what did you want to be doing? Ab Fab was on TV a lot when I was growing up so, naturally, my love of writing meant that I originally wanted to become a journalist. However, my parents told me that no one liked journalists so I changed my mind pretty quickly and when I realised I couldn’t be Patsy, I thought the second best option was to be Edina, so my quest for a career in PR was born. […]

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