HR Change Business Partner, Civil Service
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Degree subject and year of graduation – MA (Hons) Linguistics – July 2014
My current job (March 2015)
I am currently on the Civil Service HR Fast Stream in my first placement as a HR Change Business Partner. My role as a HR Change Business Partner is to work alongside critical Transformation Projects and Programmes within the Department to help them identify and manage people effectively. I am required to support Programmes and Projects to identify and deliver their people strategy and plans, to do this I need to be;
- Working through, and with, the whole HR function to achieve business success;
- Providing expert intervention;
- Developing influential relationships with clients and service providers;
- Working alongside senior management teams with all aspects of organisational change
- Advising on recruitment strategy and the application of workforce management policies and procedures
- Identifying and commissioning targeted Learning and Development activity
- Liaising with Centres of Expertise to ensure employment policies, terms and conditions are fit for purpose.
My day-to-day work varies considerably and the role allows me to get involved with a huge range of areas of work.
My career history
2005 – 2014 Pensions Administration
2013 – 2014 Trustee/Director – LGBT Health & Wellbeing
2014 – Now Civil Service HR Fast Stream – HR Business Partner
2009 – 2010 Stevenson College (Scottish Highers)
2010 – 2014 University of Edinburgh (MA (Hons) Linguistics)
Jul 2014 – 2016 Aston University (MSc HR Management & Business)
How I’ve used my degree skills and/or knowledge in my career.
During my studies I was able to develop my research skills when completing assignments and my dissertation. I now use these skills to interpret data and research findings when advising the Programmes and Projects I partner. I analyse data to inform decisions for guiding the approach taken to implementing change.
Having an understanding of language and communication is extremely beneficial when looking at ways of communicating important messages to stakeholders with maximum effect. Recognising where language can be used as a tool to help buy-in to ideas is especially useful.
Experience that helped me get to where I am now.
Having worked throughout my degree this gave me the experience to manage priorities and my own time effectively. Being able to prioritise different and conflicting demands is an especially important skill.
My volunteering as Trustee for LGBT Health & Wellbeing gave me a great insight into strategic planning in organisations and enhanced my project management skills. This work also helped me get to grips with being able to see the bigger picture within a business.
All the skills that I’ve learnt through work, study and volunteering have been vital in helping me get to where I am now.
My Career Decisions
I made sure I did my research and did it early on! It’s never too early to start looking at what interests you and how you can go about increasing your chances of getting there. I attended events organised by the Careers Service, by employers and general careers talks. I also spoke with people who already work for the organisations I was applying to.
I made sure that once I had applied for an opportunity and got to an interview or testing stage I had looked at the details of what the organisation did and the assessment process so I could be as prepared as possible. The best way to get through assessments is to practice.
My advice to current students interested in this area of work
You need to have genuine interest in working in all HR areas. The importance of practice and preparation can’t be stressed enough. All the information to be successful is out there, you just need to search for it. Making sure you’re seeking out opportunities to develop. Showing evidence of ambition and desire to grow is a great way to stand out.
My advice on making career decisions
Speak to people that are in the field that you are interested in. There’s no better source to get an insight into what you want to do than the people that already do it.
Look at opportunities you might not have thought would suit you – you might be surprised at how much variety they have to offer in a specific field and there could be something that is a perfect fit for you.