My brilliant career – Patricia Bell

by 17 Apr 2007

What is your current role?

HR manager, PKF, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers, Sydney

What qualifications do you hold?

Bachelor of Commerce

Why did you get into HR?

Career development and progression

How did you get into HR?

I moved into a PA position within the human resources division of a multi-national IT firm. To enable advancement within the HR environment, I commenced a Bachelor of Commerce, employment relations and management on a part-time basis..

Where do you see yourself in five years time?

During my time with the firm there has been much change, creating continuous professional challenges. As the firm moves toward a national focus, I envisage myself playing a pivotal part in its future development.

What has been your biggest career high so far?

My ability to my career with the opportunities provided by PKF to continue this challenge.

What do you think it takes to succeed in HR?

To understand management needs, anticipate change, and assist in the move forward. From a people perspective, understanding differing goals and outcomes and working with people to ensure they achieve individual success.

How do you manage relationships with senior executives?

By striving to understand individual needs and assisting to achieve outcomes, while staying aligned with the firm’s overall objectives.

Who is your biggest professional inspiration?

A former manager who convinced me in two sentences not to toss in the towel while trying to complete my degree. I have to thank her for the ability to re-focus, travel the distance, and enjoy the success.

What advice would you give to graduates considering a career in HR?

Be prepared to start at the bottom and learn the HR business well.

Describe yourself in three words

Innovative, questioning, approachable.


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