Henley’s Director of Research, Helen Davies, was recently invited to present at a ‘Careers in HR’ forum at the University of Warwick. The aim of the event was to help students improve their understanding of the different roles and career paths open to them within the field of HR. Also presenting at the event were HR executives from P&G and Kier.

Helen says that the event “was very well attended by students who were really keen to hear about possibilities within the HR arena; such was their interest in exploring this career path we ran over time with the Q&A session at the end!” Each speaker talked through their route into HR, their current role within the organisation, why they enjoy working in HR and any hints and tips to help students ‘find their way’ into the sector. Business partnering, technology, diversity and the variety of challenges that HR provides were common themes throughout all of the presentations. Helen remarked how impressive it was to see some first year students attending the forum as well.

Henley Research has been privileged to employ a number of postgraduates from the University of Warwick, and, as part of her preparation for the forum, Helen asked Henley team members Carlos and Paul for their views on the University of Warwick and the subsequent transition to Henley Research:

Carlos Moio, Senior Research Consultant

MA, International, Political Economy, 2013

“One of Warwick’s distinguishing features is its international student body. Here you will meet and engage with completely different cultures, academic backgrounds, life stories. Few things will prepare you for the business world better than an open spirit hungry for new experiences, and Warwick provides a feast for curious spirits. At Henley, our diverse team comes from different backgrounds and countries. In the interconnected world we currently live, learning from others and how to engage with them is an essential soft skill to have. Our work lets us engage with people as varied as Chief Executives leading global companies, technology innovators building the apps that you will use a month from now, and even supply chain leaders who ensure every Starbucks has what it needs to make a Pumpkin Spice Latte for you or that Tesco has that 12-pack of beer for your night-in with friends. Warwick will let you build the soft skills required to have an intelligent, respectful, and insightful dialogue with every one of these people. Which is what we do every day at Henley.”

Paul Fitzgerald-Jones, Research Consultant

Master of Arts, Social Research – Merit, 2018

“Within weeks of starting at Henley Research  I was involved in a qualitative market insight project for an individual client which examined and offered analysis into the UK manufacturing sector, and after graduating with a Master’s in Social Research from Warwick  in 2018 which provided me with ESRC accredited training in quantitative and qualitative methods, I certainly felt confident and able to draw on what I had learnt to produce the required insights at such an early point of my career at Henley.

The varied multi-sector coverage of the work that Henley Research undertake has enabled me to widen the scope of  my research focus, prompting me to enhance my  communication and interview skills as I consult with C-Suite candidates and blue chip clients both here in the UK and internationally. After a relatively short time at Henley I have developed so much as an individual, during which time I have been challenged and given increasing responsibility yet still provided ongoing support and training as I work towards establishing a successful career within Executive Research. “