Career track: Coleen Paterson, HR graduate, Standard LifeOn 29 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article For the next year, Personnel Today will be following the careers of two HRprofessionals at financial services company Standard Life. This week, we hearthe latest report from graduate Coleen Paterson “During my time on the HR graduate training programme here at StandardLife, I have experienced a range of challenges. “I have enjoyed roles in staff relations, compensation and benefits(all those spreadsheets!) and in learning and development, but my current rolein graduate recruitment is the one I have enjoyed the most. “I have also seen life from the other side of the fence since I joinedour graduate recruitment team as a recruitment consultant nine months ago. Ihave recently been promoted to team manager. “Graduate recruitment is a tough role, not only because of the sheertalent of British graduates, but also because of their attitude andexpectations – they are demanding customers. “Some I have met have been outstanding, which is very hearteningconsidering they will soon be our organisation’s leaders. On the other hand,some answers I have received to our application form questions have made mesmile. After all, is it truly an achievement to have collected the alphabet inSmarties’ lids? “Every day has been different – and quite simply, good fun. Thechallenge for me in the past nine months has been to acquire the necessarytechnical skills to enable me to be an effective recruiter and ensure I canhelp recruiting managers identify the genuine stars for Standard Life. “The challenge going forward as team manager will be completelydifferent. This is the first time I will have had management respon-sibilityfor a team and I am very excited about it. But I am also nervous – particularlyas the team is already well established, high performing and experienced. “I have no issues such as performance or time keeping to worry about –instead I will have to ask the team to change its thinking and workingpractices slightly to achieve a little bit more. How do you elevate somethingthat is already excellent to outstanding? Answers on a postcard please…”Every six weeks we’ll be revisiting Standard Life to alternately check onthe progress of the graduate and the manager. Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.