My First Placement Experience

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I’m Isi and I’m a 2018 intake on the HR stream. I studied Business and Management at University and came onto the graduate scheme after I graduated.

Having now completed my first placement, I thought the perfect first blog would be giving a brief overview of my experience of how it went to give you guys a bit of an idea of what you may be involved with if, like me, you are on the HR stream.

I started my placement in the Staff Engagement and Wellbeing Team. Here I undertook projects around increasing staff retention, improving medical education and created a poster for the new health and well-being strategy. I also attended a health and wellbeing training and sat in a few interview panels, asking the candidates the appropriate questions and observing the subsequent selection process.

I moved over to the Employee Relations Team after 3 1/2 months. With the ER Team, I supported with some of their case work, conducted sickness meetings, observed probationary reviews, investigations and shadowed disciplinary and grievance hearings. I learnt all about the Trust’s policies and the process in which they are constructed.

After 4 months with ER, I worked in Recruitment for a month. I managed the Bank Staff applications and became a semi-expert on TRAC (the online recruiting system), if I do say so myself.  I observed some consultant interviews and how different their recruitment was from AfC staff. I also created social media adverts for various job roles.

My last 3 weeks was spent with the workforce team. I created reports regarding the gender pay gap and BME staff representation, as well as creating a survey on their experiences and collating the data for the workforce plan.

I couldn’t have asked for a better first placement. I got on well with my colleagues and my managers we’re very accommodating! The best advice I could give to anyone starting their placements is not to be afraid to ask for some work do- especially when your competencies and work experience are concerned- and most importantly, have fun 😊

Isi Ojobo

Hi all! I’m Isi and I joined the 2018 HR stream, following my graduation with a Business and Management degree that summer. Having been involved in different societies and sports teams, it was only natural that my love for helping and working with people, led me to a career in HR. Why the NHS? The NHS allows me contribute fruitfully to something that will give me a sense of purpose and fulfillment, whilst offering me quality training and development.

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