More about Rebecca
"I completed my MSc Human Resource Management and Development at Nottingham Business School during 2014. At the beginning of my studies I was working for the mobile network, Three, as their Head of Central Resourcing for the UK, having worked in recruitment agencies before this. I decided I wanted to study a formal professional qualification in HR so that I could broaden my career options. Three both encouraged and sponsored this.
"I began my studies at the National School of Government based in Sunningdale. When this institution was closed in 2012, the remaining students transferred to Nottingham Business School. Towards the end of my studies, I was offered the position of Director of International Talent Acquisition at NBCUniversal and started this new role in May 2014. The fact that I was about to complete my MSc was definitely a key part of securing the job.
"Although my focus continues to be on resourcing, it has now developed to a much more strategic level and the projects I manage include employer branding and redesigning the whole on-boarding process. NBCUniversal is a huge American brand, but isn't well known in the UK. We are in the process of enhancing our employer branding so that more people consider working for us. Membership of the senior HR leadership team exposes me to many other HR issues, but the format of the workshops which NBS ran for the MSc course prepared me and gave me more confidence to handle these. In turn this helped to foster an open and honest culture where healthy debate is valued.
"I think that a lot of people 'grow up' in HR and if they don't study it formally they just do what they have always done. The MSc HRM&D gave me the opportunity to learn what was being done in other organisations. It also gave me the confidence to know that I can make decisions based on my common sense and my knowledge of HR. As confirmation of this, I was offered a new job, an internal promotion, in March 2015 – this is to be the HR Director for Universal Pictures International.
"Based on my experience of the teaching and course organisation, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Nottingham Business School for a CIPD course."