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Gemma - Graduate Scheme - HR

Company Name: Babcock

Location: Various

While studying BSc Applied Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University, I was given the chance to take a sabbatical year between my 2nd and 3rd year to work as Vice President in the Students Union, where I worked closely with the Human Resource (HR) department. This, together with my degree, stimulated my interest in Human Resources and inspired me to pursue a career in HR.

Babcock best met my requirement for a structured Graduate Training Scheme and career progression opportunities.

Relocating to a different area and starting a new job in a field I had no real prior experience in, was a challenge in itself but the induction training and support I received helped alleviate any worries I had about the job. The learning curve was steep; there was plenty of on-the-jobtraining; recruitment and selection, employment law and employee relations (plus more). I was given special projects to work on, which also improved my knowledge, including researching and creating an Employee Benefits Handbook. My knowledge of generalist HR broadened quickly such that after a year on the graduate scheme, I was promoted to HR Officer.

I am currently being sponsored by Babcock Defence Services to study an MA in Human Resource Management part-time at Derby University, working towards Chartered Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

I am also a member of the Social Committee too, which adds more variety to my job. The Social Committee hold regular events e.g. Quizzes, Comedy Club nights, Horse Riding and the annual summer and Christmas ball.


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