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Certificate in Human Resources Practice students receive advice from alumna Jacqui Kirk

Nottingham Business School alumna Jacqui Kirk gives advice to Human Resource Practice students

Nottingham Business School were delighted to welcome back alumna Jacqui Kirk on Friday 12 May to talk to students completing the final module of the Certificate in Human Resources Practice course.

Jacqui completed the MA Strategic Human Resource Management at Nottingham Business School back in 2001 and is now working for FTSE 100 company Merlin Entertainments. As Human Resources Director for the Global New Openings Group, Jacqui gets the opportunity to travel around the world opening new LEGOLAND Parks, Madam Tussauds and many other entertainment attractions.

Jacqui's career started when she combined work experience with studying Business Studies part-time at NTU. This led her to specialize in Human Resources, studying for her Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development where she is now a Fellow. Later returning to study for a MA Strategic Human Resource Management.

Her career has been working mainly in the private sector in both PLC's, SME's and start-ups including working as an independent consultant. She enjoys driving business growth through harnessing people talent within a business. As people are the core to any successful business she believes recruitment, talent development and leadership are key commercial drivers.

Jacqui discussed the challenges of international Human Resources (HR), drawing on her own experiences of working in cities such as New York, Shanghai and Hong Kong. She cited examples of how differences in culture affects how she does her job, such as the fact that in China a person’s job title is considered very important, perhaps even more than salary. Jacqui also discussed the development of HR stating that it is now more analytical and data driven than ever before.

Jacqui gave advice and took questions from the group, many of whom are just starting out in their careers.  She encouraged the students to play to their strengths and find the area in which they are comfortable and that excites them.

Regina Wojciechowska, programme leader for the Certificate in Human Resources Practice, said of Jacqui's visit: "The students enjoyed hearing about her career journey and the challenges of HR adding value to their organisations. The CHRP students are at the start of their HR careers, so Jacqui was a great role model and inspiration to them as well as a wonderful NBS Ambassador."

Certificate in Human Resources Practice students receive advice from alumna Jacqui Kirk

Published on 24 May 2017
  • Subject area: Business, management and marketing
  • Category: Business; Nottingham Business School

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