HR in the Hot Seat
HR in the Hot Seat - 5 mins with Jamie Ferguson, HR
Assistant at Trinity Mirror
What do you love most about your job?
Of course it would have to be the people. Everyone in the
organisation, from my very first day, have been extremely friendly,
helpful and approachable. This is without mentioning my own
team of HR Officers, Managers and Directors whom I support on a day
to day basis and I could not do my job without. I also have the
opportunity to get to know all aspects of the business function
across the board and this gives me a greater overview of the
What are the three things you couldn't do your job
The support of my HR team, a sense of humour and chocolate
What do you think makes a good HR
The obvious answer would be organisation and it definitely
applies, but I think personally, the ability to adapt, the ability
to communicate well with others and the ability to work efficiently
with strict time deadlines as well as multi-tasking are the
foundations for a good HR Assistant.
Who has been your greatest influence?
My parents! They took a massive leap of faith with
myself and my three brothers only aged 3 - 10 in moving to
Australia for two years back in 1997. After spending a couple
of years in Sydney, we then came back to the Midlands for two
years, before being granted permanent residency in Australia and
are all now proud to call both England and Australia home.
They have given myself and my three brothers the opportunity
to experience different environments and to be confident
enough to take chances in life, which is how I have ended up in the
position I am. I moved back to the UK on my own to go to University
in 2010 and haven't looked back!
What are your tips for success?
Come into work with a smile on your face no matter how bad you
feel. Be yourself and stick to your morals. If you can gain the
respect of your peers through hard work and a genuine work ethic
then success will soon follow.
What do you do after a stressful day?
Social drinks with my team always helps. I also love to go to
the Gym and I play Football on Tuesday lunchtimes.