Hannah O. asked a question
during the live chat Q&A Session 2 - The education and development opportunities on the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme
to NHS Recruitment Team
Hi Hannah :) - NHS knowledge is useful, I would suggest starting to have a look at news articles to get a wider understanding also read some key reports. Personality and work ethic do play a part as well so just be yourself
Thanks! Also what's a typical day like for you, what sort of things do you do?
Also what are the opportunities like once the programme has finished?
currently I am Business Partner for Culture and Employee Engagement, So if I take my day today I had a meeting with Head of Communications discussing how to promote NHS Change day within the Trust, then met with the Chief Operating Officer for a mentoring session, then met the staff side rep to get her support on an engagement event that I wanted to set up. Followed by a meeting with my Managing Director to pitch my recommendations for a strategic framework on how to improve engagement and meet key objectives could be met and how I was going to do that
Opportunities once you leave the scheme are good, you get a wide experience on the scheme
do you find that people are generally quite keen to offer support for events you want to set up, or is it a fairly big battle to get people onside?
& did you get your first choice when it came to locating you?
Hannah good question - I think you need to do your research and make sure that the event you want to set up will benefit staff who are there and achieve the outcome you wish for it. If you have those in mind when pitching for support most will be keen to support you
and with location I did get my first choice
is the grad scheme a 9-5 5 days a week for you? or are there things you do in the meantime?
is having no HR-background a prejudice at all?
Your working hours will depend on what suits the organisation for you to work, some departments have different working times other than 9-5 but currently yes my contracted hours are 9-5
you get time out from work to go to lectures but if it is not a scheme event then you will be in work for the rest of the time gaining experience - I had no HR background prior to joining the scheme so it is not a negative point by all means
how is the learning structured, do you have a lot of contact hours?
I can only comment on what I have experienced but lectures are in Leeds at the moment and they can be long days to make sure enough detail is provided. However, what is great is that you are there with the other HR grads and so you make great friends quickly
what was it that made you pick the HR scheme over the others?
i am quite a people person and liked the development that HR has taken over the years. I also wanted to specialize in something that would challenge me and I would be faced with a different issue everyday - HR fitted the bill :)
Thank you for your feedback!