Human Resources Coordinator
What inspired you to enter and pursue this field?
I wanted to be a business leader while remaining personable and supportive. An HR career allows me to positively impact the lives of all individuals within an organization, while continuing to develop skills and learn how to apply better policies and practices. I am also able to create these policies and practices myself, and work directly with executives and CEO's to implement them. I get to learn from those at the top while remaining close to those I am serving each and every day.
How did you come to be in this position?
In high school my favourite courses were marketing, economics, and entrepreneurship. I felt empowered when I succeeded in these courses as a young woman in male-dominated courses. I felt for the first time that people were listening to my ideas and I was being taken seriously. I continued my studies in these fields in university through majoring in sociology and completing a certificate of employment relations. I then went on to complete a master of industrial relations degree. While my education covered areas such as labour law, economics, labour relations, health and safety, and mediation/arbitration, I was always drawn to human resources as the field would put me in a position where I can directly assist all individuals within a workplace, assist with talent acquisition, as well as be creative in terms of writing policies, developing training seminars. I came across my current position early in my job search and was hooked from my first interview. I used my lack of practical experience as a strength by marketing myself as adaptable and moldable. The position I was offered was created specifically for me based on my education and interests. I was also lucky that I got to enter the field of both human resources and labour relations right out of university. Typically companies are either fully unionized or not, but based on the nature of the building service provider industry, I was immediately exposed to both. I now have an extremely solid foundation that will help me build the career I want.
What advice would you give young women looking to enter your current line of work?
If you are not given a seat at the table, bring your own. You are innovative, your ideas are great, but you cannot expect anyone to give you attention— you have to demand it. Your age is not a barrier, it's an asset. I am at least 10 years younger than every single person in my office. At first it was intimidating, but my age did not mean I had nothing to offer. Bringing change and a new perspective is your greatest asset.
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