BA (Hons) in Chinese and Cultural Studies, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
HR Management Specialism – NHS
I joined the Graduate Scheme in September 2007, attracted by the fact that I wouldn’t be driven by making money for a company but rather that I would be helping the public. I think the NHS is undervalued and I am a huge advocate for the NHS – by joining in HR, I’d be helping the staff to do their jobs and keep the NHS going.
I am currently working as an HR advisor for a large acute teaching hospital. There are around 5000 staff and I provide HR support to managers and advice to staff on a daily basis. I also spend a lot of time helping to develop policies and procedures and other smaller projects, such as a new starter handbook.
Most days bring some sort of achievement, whether major or minor – I’ve recently conducted my first investigation and, when you’re writing important letters, getting them checked and then having nothing changed is a massive achievement, especially when the consequences of getting it wrong are so serious. This morning I presented the HR section of Corporate Induction to 75 new starters including the Director of Communications (I didn’t know that at the time). I was nervous but I did it!
After the grad scheme I would like to be an HR Advisor for a couple more years (preferably in the NHS) to cement my operational experience and then look to moving into a managerial role.