I believe that what makes my story interesting is that two years ago, I was an unhappy lawyer who had the opportunity to explore HR matters and who fell in love with HR. To the point to quit my job and move to another country to study a Master's degree in HRM and reorient my career towards HR..
1. Tell me a little bit about your current role
To provide you with a little bit of context, the HR team of my company is based in Houston and I'm their representative in Europe. I basically coordinate HR in the European side of the company: Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Dublin, London and Madrid. I love the international exposure. It's really enriching to have the chance to cooperate with so many countries.
As you can imagine, my role is really broad and I'm actually acting as an HR Advisor, since I'm currently working on implementing new strategies on Performance Management, Employee Engagement and Learning and Development.
That aside, as I used to be a lawyer, I provide support to the legal department and get involved in different ad hoc projects.
2. What are you most proud of in your HR career?
I think that what makes me more proud is the impact that our role has in employees. I always say that my main goal is to make them happier and it is really rewarding when that actually happens because of me.
3. What advice would you give to anyone starting their HR career?
My biggest advice would be: 'be courageous and insist on the ideas you really believe in'. Sometimes we need to fight a lot of barriers but it's worth it in the end.
4. What would you like to be doing in 3 years time?
I would like to get more strategic and gain my seat at the board table.
5.What do you feel is the most innovative or unique initiative you have introduced at work?
I suppose my most 'innovative' initiative has to do with the new Situs' Induction Programme. As we are not a big company in London (currently, we are 40 employees), we don't have many consecutive new joiners. And, for that reason, I have redesigned the Induction Programme and the most unique bit it is a video that I'm putting together with the interviews that I'm currently conducting with all the European Directors. I'm asking the same questions to all of them and through their answers our New Joiners will be perfectly aware of what other teams and other offices do. As the interviews are video recorded, it's also a great way to get to know the different Directors 'in person'.
6. Who has had the greatest influence over your career?
The greatest influence that i have received in HR came from Enrique Salas, a trainer who came to the last company I worked for in Spain and gave us advice about how to develop our leadership skills. He was the trigger who gave me the courage to pursue my HR dream.