What attracted you to this role and company?
I was attracted to the role as I am passionate about HR and couldn’t wait to start working after completing my degree to utilise the skills and knowledge I have learnt. I felt Sensata would be the perfect place for me to do this – as its such a large company, the culture is great, the opportunities for personal development are endless. I’m also really interested in what Sensata does and I can’t wait to see what direction the company takes in the future.
Tell us three qualities you need to work in the HR industry?
Communication skills, empathy and listening. You need to be able to put forward your point of view if you’re looking to implement a change in the policy or procedures, you need to be able to communicate with those above you and those who the change will affect. When people come to you with a problem you need to be able to empathise with them and put yourselves in their shoes and you need to be able to come up with a solution to help with their issue.
Tell us about yourself and career to date.
Regarding education, I did Geography, Business Studies and ICT at A Level in Portadown College. I then went to uni to study BSc Business Management at Queen’s University, and I am currently in my final year. I have 6 years experience in the work place, most of this is in retail environments such as Currys PC World and Tesco, along with over one year’s experience in Human Resources as an HR Placement Student at Belfast International Airport and now I’m moving into a HR Administrator role in Sensata which I’m looking forward to.
What made you choose this role as a career?
My placement year out of uni really was the beginning of my passion for Human Resources. I think a lot of people don’t realise everything that HR departments do and just how important they are for any organisation, no matter how big or small. This is what made me choose this role – being able to make a valuable difference to the employees of such a large organisation is really rewarding for me personally and I can’t wait to get started in my new role.
What do you think of Belfast as a working city?
I absolutely love Belfast and I think it’s fantastic how much it’s thriving in terms of business among other elements. It’s come on a lot and it’s great to see!
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I would like to have developed and grown my knowledge and understanding of all of the different elements in the field of Human Resources, possibly having specialised into one specific area. I would also like to be in a managerial position with more responsibility to ensure I’m constantly pushing myself to the best of my ability.
What advice do you have for aspiring HR professionals?
Always listen, ask questions and keep learning. This was invaluable for me during my placement year and really helped me to succeed in the role and so I’m hoping to further my knowledge in my new role by doing the same. Everyone is always more than willing to share what they know so this is a fantastic way of expanding your own understanding of a particular issue.
How did you find our service at Reactive Recruitment?
The service really was second to none – Mark kept me involved every step of the process and kept me informed with any updates he had about my application. I had two interviews and an assessment centre for the position and Mark rang me before each one for some final words of encouragement and to wish me good luck, which really helped settle my nerves a bit and was a lovely touch.
Would you recommend us?
100%. The process was quick and painless from start to finish and I can’t thank Mark enough for all his help and support. I would definitely recommend and have already to some of my friends!
Give us a fun fact about yourself!
I have a three-year-old Golden Retriever called Bailey who I love taking for hikes in the Mourne Mountains!