Day in the Life of... HR Undergraduate Placement

Read more about the average day of our HR Undergraduate Placement.

The Human Resources department is made up of different teams which include Administration, Recruitment, Management Information, Change and HR Business Partners.

The administration team maintain the HR system on a monthly basis with relevant information regarding new starters, leavers, contract changes, sickness absence, maternities and paternities. They are also responsible for the drafting of employee letters, maintenance of appraisal records and the resolution of holiday queries.

Primarily, my role within the HR department is to provide support to the administration team. To do this I handle the probationary and interim appraisal inboxes and ensure all documentation is of a suitable standard and logged correctly on a day-to-day basis. My responsibilities also cover processing accreditations, promotions and new starter files. I prepare and issue offer documentation to new starters and secure their relevant paperwork prior to commencing employment. I also issue all regulated references, carry out ID and residency checks and update the HR system.

 The role of the recruitment team is to provide the Society with an end to end recruitment service and candidates with a positive experience. The team ensure vacancies are communicated effectively to both internal and external candidates; and co-ordinates with agencies, where required, to arrange interviews, allowing managers to source and recruit candidates effectively.

My role within the recruitment team is to undertake the initial screening for all external applications and decide whether candidates have the relevant experience, competencies and skills for the position. I log all applications and send them on to managers to decide if they would like to interview them, and request any necessary credit checks to satisfy the Society’s Fitness and Propriety Policy as a regulated Financial Services business. I have also supported the recruitment of 5 student placement vacancies for 2016 by attending student recruitment fairs to promote the vacancies and answer questions to provide more information to potential applicants.

Part of the role of the HR Business Partner team is to manage employee relations caseload and ensure that the Society complies with employment legislation in line with the constant development of our policies. They also work closely to support and enable managers, providing them with guidance, coaching, development and support in their people management practices.

I am looking forward to spending time with the HR Business Partner team to use my knowledge gained through attending various seminars on employee legislation updates and other HR initiatives. As part of my placement I will be looking to attend formal and informal meetings and take notes to develop my understanding of their responsibilities and how HR policies are applied in practice.

The role of the HR student placement has been a brilliant opportunity to gain experience within a work environment, and will be a great benefit in my final year of university at Northumbria as it has developed my knowledge of HR as a whole and as a working part of an organisation. It has also taught me how to be an active and supporting member of a HR team which will boost my employability after university in comparison to those who did not complete a placement, and has confirmed that I wish to pursue a career in HR.