As HR Project Co-ordinator, Hannah provides support in the successful end to end delivery, communication and embedding of key HR project initiatives. She started her career in the fashion industry and has over three years’ experience within Human Resources.
Tell us about your time at Edelman so far.
When I first came to Edelman, I joined as a HR Administrator. I was excited to join such a vibrant and innovative company, and had the chance to marry two areas which I enjoyed being involved in: HR and Marketing Communications. After being at Edelman for just over a year, I spoke to my line manager about my long-term career aspirations lying in HR project management, and took the step up to HR Project Co-ordinator.
When did you become interested in project management?
Last May, I worked on Edelman’s first ever Wellbeing Week which sparked an interest in project-based work.My studies at the London College of Fashion and internships within PR have meant that I’ve always enjoyed being creative.
Being involved with all of the research and planning during Wellbeing Week was very rewarding. Alongside our HR Project Manager, I gathered insight into what wellbeing meant to Edelman UK employees, networked with external providers, created a budget, scheduled a programme of activities and then collated all the feedback to build a wellbeing programme for the next year. I really enjoyed getting my teeth into each task and felt a real sense of accomplishment after seeing a project through from start to finish.
What have you learnt from working in HR project management?
Since I’ve moved into the HR Project Co-coordinator role I’ve gained greater insight into a number of people initiatives which we run here at Edelman including the launch of our new online benefit platform (making benefits easier to manage for employees), our annual Graduate Scheme and global roll-outs such as our new on-boarding programme. I’ve also had the opportunity to network and build relationships both inside and outside of the business, working closely with the Marketing team, Europe HR and an array of external companies from providers who support our benefits to Nutritionists and even someone who climbed Mount Everest at the age of 22!
What challenges have you faced in changing roles?
The main challenge has been the shift from juggling a number of ongoing daily tasks to focussing on big projects which have different stages, their own timelines and an eventual end date. Spending large blocks of time on one task felt a tad unnatural at first as I was so used to speedily ticking off a to do list. I had to readjust my way of working and how I was managing my calendar to fit with the demands of my new role. Although this was a challenge at first, with guidance from my manager and the support of my team I’ve been able to change and optimise how I work and how I now use my time.
How do you think being at Edelman helped facilitate your move?
I think at Edelman there is a great deal of opportunity when it comes to career development and creating your own path, whether you choose your next move to be a vertical or lateral one. If you’ve got that curiosity for an area which you perhaps haven’t been so involved in or have only experienced a taste of, I would say to speak up and let someone know, seek out the opportunities where you can be involved and show that you have an active interest.