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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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  • What was your first job? Paper round Did you ever imagine to be undertaking your current role, if not, what did you want to be doing? Not really. From the age of 12 I was set on being a classical flautist but I found the business for musicians module on my Masters course more enjoyable than a lot of the other modules I was taking so began exploring marketing roles with orchestras and it all went from there. Which parts of your role are the most and enjoyable and which parts are the most challenging? I love getting to know my clients’ businesses: what makes them tick, how the markets they work in operate and how marketing communications can help them achieve their goals. I also enjoy working on the business itself but that is one of the most challenging aspects – making time to focus on what Encore Communications […]

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