This month Satrina Brandt, Investors in People project manager, Raynesway Construction Southern (a subsidiary of Balfour Beatty) Age 27
does your role involve?
Steering the organisation through the Investors in People process and advising management on HR practice.
the best thing about it?
The autonomy and variety. In one week I can be looking at topics ranging from strategic business planning to induction.
the worst thing about your job?
Dealing with the geographic dispersion. Our offices are as far apart as Bedford, Worcestershire and Winchester. Our production workers are even more widely spread.
is your current major project or strategic push?
Implementing a mentoring programme across the organisation.
terminology - training, development, education, learning, performance
I see definite distinctions between training, development and education and therefore use all three.
Every profession has their jargon. It gives some members of the profession a sense of belonging but is generally disapproved of outside the circle. I try not to use buzzwords or jargon at work and don’t have any favourites.
you good at self-development?
Yes. I firmly believe in lifelong learning although I also believe this can come in many forms.
self-development have you done in the past six months?
This is the first job I have had in the construction industry and I have learnt a lot just in my day-to-day work. I am also on the editorial boards for the Journal of Management Practice and the Australian Journal of Management and Organisation Behaviour. The articles that are sent to me are often research-based and make for interesting reading.
do you want to be in five years’ time?
I am Australian and have come to the UK to work. In five years’ time I hope to be living in Australia although it is difficult to say what sort of job I will have.
was the most useful learning experience you ever had?
Coming to the UK has been a great learning experience. I have had some great work e