Can you tell us about your journey to date and how you ended up working as HR Resource Partner at Dublin Aerospace?
I started out as a Legal Secretary in a practice in Ashbourne, Co. Meath. When my children were young, I took some time off but I was always doing some type of work - whether that be in Bars & Restaurants in the evening time, Swimming & Lifesaving Instructor - I was always keeping busy!
I ran two successful businesses in retail, one in promotional branding which started at home which then lead to me taking a retail premise in Ashbourne, doing printing & embroidered logos in-house. Following this, I went into the Leisure Industry for many years.
When I was offered a job in the Hotel and Leisure Industry I accepted, and it was here that I began to get interested in HR, as I was carrying out HR duties such as Training, Recruitment and Administration in my daily role as Leisure Club Assistant Manager. I decided to go back to College just before Covid hit to obtain my HR qualification, which I succeeded in doing so. After 10 years of working in this industry, I wanted to get deeper into HR and saw an advert for Dublin Aerospace which caught my attention - and here I am!
What does a typical working day look like for you?
Starting at 7.30 am, after navigating my way through security, I then arrange my schedule for the day, beginning with responding to many e-mails, prioritising the ones that need my urgent attention. After that, I would follow up on preparation for upcoming interviews for the week. Then I would go through all our job applications, and listings and forward CVs to the relevant Department Managers for their opinion. I update any job applications, promoting them if need be.
I regularly arrange to attend schools, colleges, and career fairs promoting Dublin Aerospace.
I procure the uniform & PPE requirements for all staff, ensuring availability, and requests are replied to promptly. I have multiple resource meetings with Department Managers, and there are many projects going on such as Apprenticeship Rollouts, or staff well-being events to be organised.
I take a half-hour break at 1 PM usually, & then the afternoon is spent updating reports, following up on items I didn’t get to that morning & planning things I need to do the following day or that week.
What is the most interesting part of your job?
I enjoy dealing with all the different people and personalities throughout my day; from meeting the young Students, training & inducting new employees to assisting current employees with queries or issues that may arise - no two days are the same. I enjoy attending career fairs promoting what we do in Dublin Aerospace and I find interviewing different people very interesting.
What skills are required to do your job?
Time Management, Patience, Good Judgement, Excellent Organisational Skills, Good communication, knowledge & problem-solving.
What is your favourite thing about working at Dublin Aerospace?
The People and the friendly atmosphere that greets me every morning.
How would your teammates best describe you?
Friendly, Pleasant, diligent, helpful, happy & reliable
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
If you are going to do something, do it to the best of your ability.
What advice would you give to someone starting their career?
Take a huge interest in what you do as every aspect of every job has its own importance.