Watch Danielle's story
Key skills required:
- friendly and professional
- enjoy working with people
- committed to a career in HR
- Answering HR queries
- Helping to recruit new people
How did you begin your career in HR?
I started working at Walter Smith about four years ago. I was working in the accounts department and there was an opportunity in HR so I asked my director if it was OK if I started the course. They were very pleased that I wanted to progress my career so they looked into it for me and I started the course straight away.
What does your role involve?
I work as a HR hire apprentice. My duties would be to help sort out the recruitment and I’m also the assistant to the HR director so any duties he can’t fulfill.
What do you like most about your role?
I love my career and I love telling people about my career. It’s not all about hiring and firing, it more in depth, we’re giving people a chance within the company, you can help them progress in the company.
We do value our staff. We try to give them everything that they need, so giving someone the opportunity to come and work at Walter Smith is great. It’s very rewarding when I ring someone up and tell them they got the job. We don’t like doing it by letters, we like telling people over the phone or if possible by person that they’ve got the job at Walter Smith. It’s an overwhelming feeling to give them that news.