Job Title: Talent and Development Manager
Employer: Story Homes Limited
Job: HR Manager / Director
About my job
What does your department do?
As a team we are responsible for ensuring that Story Homes attract, develop and retain great people in the Story Homes family. That entails working with schools and colleges to attract the next generation of talent in to our business, working hard to ensure our people have the skills to do their current and future roles, keeping the business right by providing employment law advice and providing excellent benefits and a great culture to ensure people stay.
What do you do on a day-to-day basis?
I’m really lucky to work in a business that provides me with the opportunity to get involved and have ownership of some super projects. A day could involve meeting young talent at schools and events, supporting work experience placement students, designing our apprenticeship and graduate schemes or delivering our induction. The one thing that remains constant every day is how much fun we have. It’s a very busy business but we’re a real team, which feels great.
What do you like about what you do?
I’m passionate about young people and helping them understand the variety of opportunities in house building. Being able to help young people have valuable work experience opportunities and seeing them come back for summer work and in many cases get roles as apprentices is really rewarding.
Why did you choose this career?
It sort of found me but thinking about it, I’m not surprised that I ended up in HR. Growing up I always knew I wanted to work with people. I’ve always worked and that helped me stand out when I went for job opportunities. My first role was working in general admin and the HR Manager asked me to join the team. It was my work ethic and willingness to work collaboratively that led to me getting a role in HR. I loved it so much that I steadily worked my way up to where I am today.
What qualifications did you need to get this job?
The great thing about HR is that you can enter this profession from school or from degree. It’s a competitive field so finding an employer who will support you through your CIPD is a great option or studying it at college/university will enable you to get the foundation knowledge.
Just as vital as getting the qualifications is getting yourself connected with a business via work experience and building a long standing relationship.
Personally, I went to University and studied Performing Arts which I was very passionate about and talked very passionately at interviews with how this had helped build by confidence and presentation skills – everything can be linked to business if you think creatively about it! I worked throughout my university and volunteered with schools and community projects which helped me build great business skills and stand out.
Is there any particular advice you would give to someone looking for a career in your area of work?
Just go for it and do as much as you can to put yourself ahead of others. Volunteer, organise for a business to come it to do a workshop at your school, get work experience. Jobs don’t just come to you, you have to help them find you.
Questions & Answers
What hobbies or interests do you have?
As a full time working mum I love spending time with my family. I’m also a sucker for a good business book and love reading about psychology and what makes businesses great to work for!
What’s your favourite type of music?
I love old soul and blues. My Dad brought us up with Sam Cooke, Otis Reading, Smokey Robinson and would play his vinyl most Sundays.
What’s your favourite film / film genre?
Anything gripping, whether that is a thriller or a drama. I also love watching films that I grew up with like The Goonies…I’m showing my age now!
Where’s your favourite place to go on holiday?
I don’t mind where we go as long as it’s hot, relaxing and close to a taverna!