I’m on the HR graduate scheme, which involves having three, eight-month rotations in different parts of HR. All my rotations have been in Global, but I’ve had three very different roles which has been great and allowed me to gain a breadth of experiences and have a good understanding of the different HR roles we have in BT. I started off in a more generalist role supporting a HR Business Partner, which involved a bit of everything including talent management, recruitment, and employee engagement to name a few examples. I then moved into the Learning Leadership and Talent team where I worked on Diversity and Inclusion projects, which involved developing and programme managing a mentoring scheme for women in Sales, as well as supporting the delivery of our pan BT race awareness training within Global. This role taught me a lot about the challenges of working in a global organisation where different countries we operate in have very different legislative requirements to the UK, and how even minor details like the language we use can have a big impact on how business project lands with our global audience. I’ve always been passionate about systemic, social issues: at university, I studied social and medical anthropology, specialising in fields like global health inequalities, so I was thrilled to get the opportunity to work on projects relating to social issues at work which can have a positive social impact within the organisation.
My current role as I mentioned earlier is a split role with the European HR team as well as the talent acquisition and marketing team, so the graduate scheme has enabled me to get a broad understanding not just of HR, but of the wider business and the complexities of working in a global, matrix organisation.