How did I end up as a HR Consultant, running my own business? Good question!
I have to say that it sometimes feels like longer (!), but my HR career spans just over 17 years, during which time I have worked in corporate environments, FTSE 100 companies and family owned businesses.
I never really planned to work in HR, but having taken on a role as a trainer and NVQ Customer Service Assessor, I realised that helping people to work to do their best ability gave me a great sense of satisfaction. This somehow led me into the world of recruitment (again not really planned), during which time I decided that working in HR wasn’t actually too bad! So when the opportunity subsequently came up to join a generalist HR team (managing sickness absences, disciplinaries, dismissals and staff grievances) I decided to make a career out of it. Needless to say, generalist HR taught me lot, which meant that when I started to lead and manage a number of my own teams, I was fully prepared for all eventualities, having heard all of the excuses before!
My final years as an employee saw me managing and implementing company wide HR projects and programmes, including recruitment IT systems, temporary recruitment outsourcing, employee benefits schemes and multi £million redundancy programmes. Whilst the work was often challenging and the hours long, I really enjoyed the difference I could make to businesses through the introduction of new, innovative and cost effective processes. It also meant that I got to work closely with some fantastic people, from CEOs to front line support staff, as well as the managers and teams within the company or at third party suppliers.
But even though I had a regular income and everything was going well, it was always in the back of my mind that I would really like to work for myself (not necessarily in HR though!). However, before I had had the chance to think about it too much more, the company I was working for at the time asked if anyone would like to volunteer for redundancy. Well, before I knew it (and without thinking about it too much) I had taken up the offer, along with a leap of faith into the world of self-employment.
So here I am, running my own small business and utilising my employment and HR knowledge as well as my hands-on experiences to provide bespoke support to local employers. It is still early days and I don’t expect that it will all be plain sailing, but there is only one way to find out and only “regrets” if I don’t give it a go!
Nicky Silver, Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
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