We’ve put together the perfect starter kit for all the students studying a degree in the area of people development. We also sit down with our Chief People Officer, Vic, as she talks us through her best tips and tricks to schooling your degree.
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Meet Vic, Chief People Officer for AO
My first degree was in English Language Studies at the University of Central Lancashire. I chose English as I hadn’t got a clue about careers or what the world of work really looked like beyond working on a farm, in a supermarket or school. I figured that English was foundational to most roles and therefore left my options open. I didn’t choose the university, it chose me as I didn’t work very hard at school and therefore hadn’t achieved the grades I needed to study at the University of York.
At Uni I realised I was lucky to be there, it was costing a lot of money so I had better start studying and for the first time I found that I actually enjoyed learning. I worked in a supermarket again during the holidays, so although uni had meant I had moved out of the family home, I lived in a different part of the UK, I still hadn’t got a clue about careers.
I followed my degree with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education in English at the University of Reading and went on to teach English at secondary school for a few years. This was foundational in terms of time management, selling, planning, writing new programmes, reflective practice, unleashing potential, understanding motivations and how very interesting and different people are.
In my spare time, I volunteered at the local hospital radio, youth theatre and film club. Work experience meant I could alter my career path, as I went from teaching to a career in the media. I worked as a research assistant for the BBC for a while before going to market research and working for brands like Nike and BMW on testing new advertising campaigns through chatrooms (which was a new thing back then.)
It was from there that I moved to a large global business who owned a number of fashion, sports, and outdoor clothing businesses from Speedo the swimwear company to Ted Baker Footwear. I was supporting the Human Resources Director and a number of businesses. At that point, I went back to university in the evenings and weekends for two years and studied to become chartered qualified in Human Resource Management. That’s really where my human resources journey began, from Fashion to Film, Computer Games, Retail and E-commerce, each chapter of experience and exposure building on the last.
In my spare time, I volunteered at the local hospital radio, youth theatre and film club. Work experience meant I could alter my career path, as I went from teaching to a career in the media.
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