For a 25-year-old, I think it’s fair to say that I’ve had a varied employment history. From the obligatory retail work at 16 to a misguided foray into facilities management at 21, I’ve tried my hand at quite a bit in my relatively brief working life. But when I decided to leave University at 18 after seven weeks, I knew I was going to have to work a lot harder to find a meaningful career path.

Following my stint in facilities management, and a particularly difficult conversation with my manager about my suitability for the role, I found myself on reception at Revium Group. I knew admin wasn’t where I wanted to be long term, but it was what I was good at and seemed like a good starting point to regroup and figure out my next step. As it turned out I didn’t have to wait long for my next opportunity as a colleague of mine was going on maternity leave, and the HR Manager asked if I would be interested in joining the People Team as a HR Assistant while she was away. I jumped at the chance of trying something new, and it turned out that I LOVED it. The role played to my strengths as an administrator and a people person.

After a year in the HR or what we call the People team, I decided that it was time to get serious about my development, and spoke to my manager about signing up to the next intake of the CIPD Level 3 course. It was important to me to do the course so I could continue to grow my professional understanding of HR, as well as building on what I was learning at work.

I’m now nearing the end of the first term and can safely say that I definitely made the right decision. I attend college once a week for four hours after work and although it can feel like a bit of a hassle to schlep across Reading in rush hour traffic, it is certainly worth it. The course has introduced me to a group of likeminded people who are all starting out in their HR careers, we all get the opportunity to share our experiences, cheer each other on in our successes and hopefully offer some help when someone is struggling. The tutors also share their own experience and are very open about their career paths and how they got to where they are today. At home I spend about 2/3 hours a week working on assignments, which I see as a very small commitment to make to something that could have a big impact on my career.

I would encourage anyone who is thinking about their own development and where they want to be to just get on and do it! We offer a breadth of development opportunities at Revium Group and are planning to expand even further in 2018. Use your PDP and 1-2-1s to have open and honest conversations with your manager about your potential and how we can help you reach it. There is a whole host of formal and informal development resources that you can tap into. The L&D department are here to help you find what is right for you and your aspirations, because in the end life is just too short.

Thanks for listening!

Georgie Boekbinder