Marking International Women's Day on 8 March 2021, MDDUS Director of People and Corporate Services, Kim Johnstone, reflects on her career as a HR professional.
Kim looks back to what inspired her to enter her profession, and gives some advice for other women considering following in her footsteps.
She said: "As an HR professional, challenge is something I come across every day. I fell into the HR world after studying something completely different at university. I ended up working in HR because a woman who was interviewing me for a completely different role and career path noticed that I was fascinated by, and had an opinion on, how people behave and are treated in the workplace."
"Embracing the challenge to go on a different path was important early in my career, and it really has worked out for the best."
"Every time I walk away from a challenge in a workplace, team, or individual employee and see that the situation has been resolved in the most appropriate way possible I am proud to represent HR."
"In particular, engaging Senior Leadership and Board level colleagues in the diversity and inclusion agenda of their organisation gives me pride in my chosen career, and in myself."
"HR is perhaps slightly unusual in that there tends to be more women than men in the field. So, challenge yourself to diversify your own HR team and work with people who will constructively challenge you, and each other, to always do better. Also be prepared to challenge the business you work alongside and ensure your view point is heard. But most of all, enjoy it. There’s never a dull day."
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