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A Day in the Life of a Human Resource (HR) Professional

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” I believe human resources is the centre point of any organization”, says Julien Lefort. Choosing the right people and talents, developing present employees helps an organization achieve its objectives and main purpose.

Human resource managers handle personnel decisions including hiring, position assignment, training, benefits and compensation companies realize that the quality and quantity of their output is directly related to the quality and commitment of their personnel.

We got talking with some HR Professionals to give you a little bit of insight into what Human Resource is about and how people desiring a profession in the field can build up.

Olofinlade Olufunso talks about himself and his HR profession:

My names are Olofinlade Olufunso. I obtained my first degree from the University of Ibadan in Veterinary Medicine in 2006 following which I ventured into the financial services industry. I am fondly referred to as ‘aphoonshy’ or ‘phoonshy’ or ‘Evets Randolph’ by colleagues and friends. I strongly support the Nigerian Super Eagles and Arsenal football club. I believe in hardwork and willingness to learn.

My journey into the profession of Human Resource

I would say I was fortunate to have commenced my career in HR although to some extent I somewhat earned it. I began my career in Human Resources while at Access Bank after I had graduated as the best student from my traineeship period at the Access Bank School of Banking Excellence. Typically, the best graduating student get to work in such as Treasury, Human Resource, Financial Control functions e.t.c. I started work as a HR professional in the Human Resources division of Access Bank. I’ve been in the profession for about 5 years.

Why I decided to go into this profession

While I really wasn’t sure of where I would end up after my traineeship, I guess I was unconsciously preparing myself up for a career in Human Resources following my performance during the traineeship programme.

What it takes to be a Human Resource Professional

I believe anyone has got what it takes to be Human Resource Professional; however the ability to make a difference/stand out perhaps is where the challenge lies. Excellence and willingness to learn are some of the key attributes to be imbibed.

Certifications and Exams involved

There are quite a number of certifications that can be obtained. They include certifications from CIPM, CIPD, SHRM/HR Institute and quite a number of others depending on where individual HR interests lie. I currently certified as a Global Professional in Human Resources.

The process and work involved in Human Resource Professional

In brief, a human resource professional should be an effective business partner; one who seeks to understand the business so well that formulated policies and decisions are in alignment with business and people interests.

My typical day

A typical day for me starts at 7.30am; I get to do a re-cap of the previous day’s work, itemize my to-dos for the day and keep ticking them off until fully completed or almost completed. I would close on the average by 8 – 8.30pm. I am a diurnal. I  peak by 10 a.m.

How I see the world

I see the world as an ever evolving canvass yet with adequate room for anyone to create and re-create his/her micro-world.

A phrase or clause for budding HR Professionals

Harness you potentials; then develop others.

My twitter handle: @aphoonshy

 

 

And Yetunde Adeniyi also talks about HR

I am Yetunde Adeniyi. I obtained my first degree from the Babcock University in Banking&Finance in 2006. I am married and have a daughter. I started my career in the banking industry. I believe whatever you put your mind to do, you can achieve. 

My journey into the profession of Human Resource

 I began my career in Human Resources while at Access Bank after I had graduated as one of the  top ten in my class at the Access Bank School of Banking Excellence. I’ve been in the profession for about 4 years.

Why I decided to go into this profession

As a trainee in the banking industry, you don’t necessarily have a say in the unit you would be deployed to at the end of the traineeship programme but your performance goes a long way in determining that.

What it takes to be a Human Resource Professional

Anyone can take up a role in Human Resources; however Individuals who want to work in this field must be very detailed, have strong communication skills and good speaking and listening skills.

Certifications and Exams involved

There are quite a number of certifications that can be obtained. They include certifications from CIPM, CIPD, SHRM/HR Institute and quite a number of others depending on where individual HR interests lie. You can also obtain a Masters degree in the HR line.

The process and work involved in Human Resource Professional

The work in itself entails making policies in view of the company’s objectives, regulating the resources of the company, KPI, involved in the recruitment and development process of the company; ensuring that the human capital of the company is well harnessed. In brief, a human resource professional should be an innovative person, seeking for new ideas that would be in the interest of the business and employees.

My typical day

I usually get some work done in the middle of the night before going to bed. I wake up at 5:30 am, do some chores and get going for the day’s official work .A typical work hour for me starts at 8.30am; I get to do a review of what I did the previous day. I’m a bit traditional, so I write down things to do for the day and work towards accomplishing those tasks, if not all, almost all. I would close on the average by 6 – 6.30pm. Nocturnal, around 3am.

How I see the world

A space with endless opportunities

A phrase or clause for budding HR Professionals

 Live up to your opportunities and make the most of your resources.

My twitter handle: @yetundeadeniyi

Also Check out,  A Day in the Life of a Writer

WRITTEN BY
Nathan Jeffery
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