My big break

Ariane Baty is group human resources manager for Silicon Media Group,
publisher of IT and eBusiness news and recruitment sites silicon.com,
silicon.de and silicon.fr. She speaks several languages and has worked in a
variety of HR roles for major blue-chip companies across Europe.

l "My biggest break so far was moving to the role of group human
resources manager at Silicon Media Group. It meant I could work in a truly
pan-European role, which I was keen to pursue as my next career step.

"I manage HR matters relating to people and business across three
cultures which means I get to speak French, German and English daily. It has
always been my ambition to experience the diversity and challenge of a company
that covers several European countries.

"I first established a good grounding in HR at the headquarters of the
Contributions Agency.

"However, I had studied at Brussels University and had worked on
assignments in Paris, and I was keen to work in an HR role that covered an
international field.

"I was working for Vivendi when I saw the advert in Personnel Today and
jumped at the chance to apply for the role. Crucially, I felt that my work in
HR for key European companies, coupled with my language skills and cultural
knowledge, meant I was in a strong position to get the job.

"I have worked at the group for seven months and the role really offers
a very wide range of HR opportunities. I enjoy working in such a creative and
open minded environment."

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