From Travel Agent to HR Consultant; my career journey so far

When I meet people that have either read the blog or seen me speak at an event, one of the first questions I get asked is how I managed to get from being a Travel Agent to an HR Consultant.

The reason I was inspired to write this post is because at this time of year, many people think, new year, new career, and I thought this may help some people if they were considering this particular situation.

The shameless selfie above was taken just before Christmas outside of the Maidenhead branch of TUI (formerly Thomson Holidays, and yes I did get some strange looks!) this is where I had my first proper job interview at the age of 18 when it was known as Lunn Poly (that may take a few of you back!). I was just about to finish my A-Levels in business, Travel and Tourism and I didn’t want to wait until my exam results, I wanted to get into work as soon as possible, so the day after my exams finished, I was working and sending people all over the world on their dream holidays.

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2018, you were awesome. 2019, bring it on!

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What an incredible year 2018 has been!

Career wise, it has been very hectic but productive and I am thankful for the experiences that the year gave me.

I am also grateful for all of the support, lovely comments and wonderful connections that I have made. I am looking forward to much of this in 2019!

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HR acts of kindness advent calendar; day 15

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“How do we change the world? One random act of kindness at a time.”

Morgan Freeman

Happy Saturday, I hope you are having a wonderful weekend so far!

Firstly, thank you to everyone for all of your lovely messages, I am so pleased that you are enjoying this years HR acts of kindness advent calendar, I love hearing your stories of the joy you are spreading; please keep them coming!

Today’s challenge is quite a tough one…

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Work hard, but not too hard… how trying too hard can actually damage your career

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Many people believe that the harder you work, the quicker you’ll climb the career ladder quicker, resulting in more money and a greater sense of achievement. WRONG!

Researchers from City University have collected information from over 500,000 people in 30 different European countries, and considered the effects of long working hours hours, verses the effort put into an individual’s job against measures of wellbeing, and have linked this to career outcomes.

The research is a painful read, especially for those who put in the hours in a bid to increase their prospects.  The study revealed a connection between an increased work volumes and reduced wellbeing. The results also highlight the negative effects of working too hard such as increased stress levels and increased risk of burnout, this is shown to outweigh the reward for demonstrating commitment and going the extra mile.

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Life is a rollercoaster…

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As the summer days starts to drift away and welcome back autumn,  now couldn’t be a better time to get focused and get back into my studies. From a personal perspective, I have had a lot of life changing things such as buying a house, having my step children for the summer and welcoming a French Bulldog into the Ellis household! Bron is absolutely adorable and he’s settling in really well, so plenty of new things to get used to! Now that everything is settling down, I can now realign my focus and concentrate on my work and studies. This should explain my absence from social media for a short time!

Over the coming weeks, there are going to be lots of things coming up on the blog such as my recruitment collaboration with Lee Lam, the build up to this years CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition, the CIPD Midlands Area Partnership Conference and updates on my CIPD Level 7 study journey with ICS (not long left now!) I will also be rejoining my team on the CIPD Northants committee, I cannot wait to be back in the swing of things.

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