Getting into a career is one of the toughest challenges graduates face. It requires patience, confidence and hard work. But there is a way. As part of our new blog series Career Advice, we spoke to HR and Training officer Ebb Kanga who works for one of our work placement partners, Holiday Inn Brentford Lock. She graduated from London Metropolitan University three years ago and later interned as an HR administrator to gain practical work experience. A year and a half ago she secured a position at Holiday Inn. We talked to Ebb about the HR industry and choosing a path that's right for you.
Why did you pursue a career in HR?
Purely because I have passion for people. I love to develop and help people.
What's a regular day at work like?
I always look forward to being in the office, as one day is different to the next. Although I plan ahead, I always have to adapt to new events of the day and go along with it.
Usually I get into the office by 8am, check my to-do-list and my emails to see whether there any important messages I should respond to straight away. At 10am I attend our daily morning meeting, where we discuss different topics within the business. Every department within the hotel has a say, including me as a representative of the HR department - for example when it comes to training.
What's the most interesting and inspiring part of your job?
Every part of my job is interesting in different ways. But I especially enjoy recruitment and the selection process as well as learning and development.
How did you get into your career?
Well, while at college I studied Travel and Tourism which I enjoyed. Once at university I started a Business Studies degree, which I didn't find interesting. In my second year I decided to make a change and swapped to Human Resources Management and ended up loving it so much. Honestly, I don't regret the choice I made. Later, I volunteered to work for free as an HR Administrator just to have some exposure within the HR field – and that has paid off.
What signifies a good HR person?
In my view it's someone who is knowledgeable, a good communicator and listener and someone who is approachable and trustworthy. It also helps if the person has self-discipline and can motivate others. The list goes on and on.
What is the most important thing you have learnt from working at Holiday Inn?
That life is a learning curve. I have learnt so much in the short period of time I have been here, for example how to lead people.
From observing my previous General Manager and my current one. They're the kind who lead by example. They are open and they trust and empower you, rather than always being on your back to ensure that things get done.
If you could give one piece of advice to someone who's interested in pursuing a job in your industry, what would it be?
Dedication and commitment. When one door of opportunity opens, don't shut it because you would like more money than it offers. Especially if you do not have experience in the field. Grab it and learn from the job. Then move on further down the line.
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