Career file: Satrina BrandtOn 1 Jun 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Thismonth Satrina Brandt, Investors in People project manager, RayneswayConstruction Southern (a subsidiary of Balfour Beatty) Age 27Whatdoes your role involve?Steering the organisation through the Investors in People process andadvising management on HR practice.What’sthe best thing about it?The autonomy and variety. In one week I can be looking at topics rangingfrom strategic business planning to induction. What’sthe worst thing about your job?Dealing with the geographic dispersion. Our offices are as far apart asBedford, Worcestershire and Winchester. Our production workers are even morewidely spread.Whatis your current major project or strategic push?Implementing a mentoring programme across the organisation.Preferredterminology – training, development, education, learning, performanceimprovement?I see definite distinctions between training, development and education andtherefore use all three.FavouritebuzzwordsEvery profession has their jargon. It gives some members of the professiona sense of belonging but is generally disapproved of outside the circle. I trynot to use buzzwords or jargon at work and don’t have any favourites.Areyou good at self-development?Yes. I firmly believe in lifelong learning although I also believe this cancome in many forms.Whatself-development have you done in the past six months?This is the first job I have had in the construction industry and I havelearnt a lot just in my day-to-day work. I am also on the editorial boards forthe Journal of Management Practice and the Australian Journal of Management andOrganisation Behaviour. The articles that are sent to me are oftenresearch-based and make for interesting reading.Wheredo you want to be in five years’ time?I am Australian and have come to the UK to work. In five years’ time I hopeto be living in Australia although it is difficult to say what sort of job Iwill have.Whatwas the most useful learning experience you ever had?Coming to the UK has been a great learning experience. I have had somegreat work experience and have done a lot of travelling to places I neverconsidered going in the past. My husband and I went to Iceland in April.Whatwas the worst course you ever went on?I try to get something out of every course I attend, even if it’s just oneor two points. I can’t say I’ve ever attended a course where I have learntnothing.Whatdid you want to do for a job when you were at school?It changed weekly. One week I wanted to be a fashion designer and the nexta music producer. I tended to take art-related subjects and never considered abusiness career.Whatwas your first job?When I turned 15 I started my first job as a sales assistant in the localnews agency.Whatwas the best career decision you ever made?Going to university to study HR.Andthe worst?I don’t regret any job I’ve had.Whichof your qualifications do you most value and why?My honours degree. In Australia, honours is an extra year so while myfriends were getting jobs, earning money and going out, I was doing my honoursthesis and working. It was hard work that paid off when I was awarded firstclass honours.Howmany minutes is it since someone senior in your organisation said “People areour greatest assets”?Not for a whole day now.Evaluation– holy grail or impossible dream?Evaluation is a bit like cable television. Before you have it, you think itwill be great. Once you get it, you realise it is not everything you hoped itwould be, but after a while you can’t live without it.Howdo you think your job will have changed in five years’ time?As a project manager I can only hope that I won’t be here in five yearstime, otherwise I haven’t done my job.Whatdo you think the core skills for your job will be in the future?I think employment law and information technology will become increasinglyimportant for all HR professionals.Whatadvice would you give someone starting out in T&D?Never ignore or fail to explore the knowledge and experiences that peoplebring to a training session. It is just as valuable for trainees to learn fromeach other as it is for them to learn from the trainer.Howdo you network?Making initial contact with people is one thing but keeping in contact isanother. I try to keep in contact with people I have worked with in the pastand others I have met.Ifyou could have any job in the world, what would it be?A reporter for a travel programme would be good, but living out of asuitcase and being constantly on the go would get tiring.Whatis your motto?The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. Tritebut true.Describeyour management style in three words or less.Trust and opennessHowwould you like to be remembered by your colleagues?As someone who got things done and got them done well.
The Office for Culture and Tourism of Shanxi Province and the Sino-Croatian Association for Cultural and Economic Cooperation organized a conference on tourism cooperation between China and Croatia, with the aim of strengthening tourism cooperation. With this agreement, Lika-Senj County opens tourist cooperation with a very important Chinese province with over 37 million inhabitants, which is certainly a great potential and opportunity for countless tourist cooperation. On that occasion, cooperation agreements were signed, including an agreement on tourist exchange and cooperation between the Chinese province of Shanxi and Lika-Senj County, writes the portal Likaclub.eu. The agreement was signed by the director of the Lika-Senj County Tourist Board, Ivan Radošević, and the leader of the Chinese province of Shanxi. The form is there, and now it’s the most important thing – the content and radical changes in the connection. And not only through tourism, where the Plitvice Lakes National Park is certainly one of the main motives for the arrival of Chinese tourists, but also in the economic field through new investments. Photo: Pixabay.com / Source: Likaclub.eu
Irfaan Ali, the Presidential Candidate of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), has committed to strongly disciplining his Ministers, even having them fired, if they are found to be disrespectful to the people.PPP/C Presidential Candidate, Dr Irfaan Ali being welcomed by residents of MoraikobaiDuring a recent outreach to Moraikobai Village in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Ali reflected on the incident where Minister with responsibility for Labour, Keith Scott, insinuated that the Indigenous peoples are greedy.“As your President, if one of my Ministers make a statement like that they will have to hand in their resignation because no Minister, no Government has the right to disrespect people, disrespect their communities and disrespect their wishes,” Ali posited.Minister Scott had staunchly refused to apologise for making the remark, even under fire from various officials including executives of the National Toshaos Council (NTC).The Minister had called the Indigenous peoples “avaricious” during a 2017 sitting of the National Assembly.“For that statement alone, this Government should be removed and for not apologising, they should be given no vote from this community in protest,” Ali expressed to rounds of applause from the community, which comprises of mainly Amerindian folks. Meanwhile, Ali called on the people to hold his Government accountable and ensure they deliver on the promises they are currently making.“You can hold my feet and your next Government feet to the fire. And, if we do not deliver, based on this contract we are establishing with you, then you will get to make a choice five years from March 2020 and you will let us know how you feel,” he explained, noting that “you are trusting us by voting for us to deliver on those promises and if we don’t deliver on those promises we will be breaching that trust you give to us.”In this regard, Ali contended that the PPP/C has a track-record of always keeping its promises to the people. And he noted that in situations where they were unable to deliver, reasonable explanations were provided.He contrasted this with the promises made by the A Partnership for National Unity/ Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government.“Over the last five years, remember the promises? ‘More scholarships for the children’, has scholarships increased for the children?” Ali questioned.“More resources to be spent on the communities, has the presidential grant been doubled? Better healthcare, has your healthcare been improved? Better access to education and transportation, has it been improved?”“A higher standard of living, more jobs and greater opportunities. Have you seen any of this in your community? Then they have betrayed you,” Ali said, explaining that the words in a manifesto are an honour.“And you have to upkeep and uphold that honour,” he stated.Ali had stated that 50,000 jobs will be created for Guyanese should his party return to office. He reminded of the coalition Government’s promise to stimulate job creation, especially for youths, but instead, they have caused the country to face 37,000 job losses in various economy-driven sectors.He went on to reveal that under the APNU/AFC, Guyana has slipped four positions in the employment rate for the 25-54 age group and seven positions for the age group 54 to 64 on the Global Human Capital Index. With regards to youths, he disclosed that the country declined nine positions in unemployment for the 15-24 age group.As such, Ali had stated that unlike the coalition Administration, his party will not falter in its efforts to ensure that what is being promised to the populace is achieved.Guyana is slated to hold elections on March 2, 2020, and Ali is urging people who did not vote for the party during the last elections, to seriously consider them now at the upcoming polls.“Reflect on the past five years… Be true to your conscience and ask yourself: ‘Did my life improve? Did the prospects for my family improve? Did the prospect for the community improve?’…and if your conscience tells you ‘no’, then you have to vote the right way,” Ali expressed.