#MyHRDiary: The Transition

#MyHRDiary: The Transition

The life of an HR Professional may seem like one of the easiest role to do but I can tell you for FREE that it’s not. When I made the transition from Chemical Engineering to HR, the motive was simple, I was tired of doing the same thing and I wanted something more dynamic

Due to my nature, I get bored easily so the ideal job for my nature is an ever Changing job that poses various tasks and exposures daily. Little did I know that HR was much more.

At the start of my career, it was much easier because I was shadowing others and learning through others mistakes. I was consciously observing knowing that I would eventually be in that position

But it seems like I was thrown into it much earlier than expected and it’s been such an AMAZING journey filled with UPS and Down’s. Some days, I’m happy after successfully implementing an initiative that has gotten me so many accolades and some days I’m just downright SAD. Sad because it can get overwhelming trying to solve people and organizational issues and it feels like my head just wants to explode.

Back to my story, this is the second tech startup I work with where I report directly to the CEO managing so much and dealing with day to day issues. What you don’t know about sitting in the management team is that you get to feel the heat directly.

Yes! As a junior HR, you would think you’re facing pressure but wait till you start feeling it directly from the source. I’m not complaining because it has really shaped me so much.

I have detached my emotions and mental health from what happens at work. I have learned not to take anything personal.

Everyone is trying to make things work so why stress yourself over little workplace issues. Also it has put me in various situations where my IQ, EQ and SQ has been tested. I’m glad I learned HR from women who exemplified what it means to be Human in HR so I am very Intentional about how I treat people and how I react to situations.

However I’m not losing sight of the organizational goals, after all it’s not an NGO. I’ve had to make tough decisions and they keep getting tougher by the day. Sometimes I ask myself who sent me to do HR but I hold forth because I know that it’s for the greater good.

The frustrating part is that problems never finish. Yes! When you think you have solved one, twenty others come up and you just have to keep moving forward.

Sitting on the leadership team and being part of key decision making for the past 2years of my career has improved my GRIT, emotional maturity, mental strength, strategic decision making as well as others I can’t remember.

I do not regret any actions taken in the past and much more, I am grateful to God for the opportunity

If you have not gotten a copy of my book, then you are missing out on a LOT, I wrote about how to transition to Human Resource. You can order at Rovingheights and Laterna Book store at a discounted price of N4,000. You can also order on Amazon regardless of where you are located in the world

This episode was originally featured at @hrstoryteller.

Yewande Jinadu

Yewande Jinadu is the Founder of CareerLife Nigeria(careerlife.com.ng) and also a Strategic HR Business Partner of a leading tech firm. She's a certified HR Professional with a mix of Generalist and Specialist Experience who supports the business to achieve it's goals through the people. Her strengths are in Talent Acquisition, Performance Management, Employee Engagement, Organization Development and Employer Branding. Her social initiative, CareerLife Foundation solving UN SDG Goal 8 is aimed at reducing unemployment by helping graduates and professionals become Employable and accelerate their career growth. With various awards won both locally and globally, her vision is to help millions of youths achieve measurable success in their career. Yewande holds the Senior Professional of Human Resources International (SPHRi) Certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), USA. She is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (ACIPM) and has a Practitioners License to practice HR in Nigeria. She's the Convener of the Employability Fitness Program, an initiative aimed at helping young graduates overcome interview Phobia and the barriers in Recruitment process through mentoring. She is a public speaker and has been featured on various media platforms including: BellaNaija, SheLeadsAfrica, GuardianWoman, Women of Rubies etc Some of her recognitions include: Top 50 Career Influencers in Africa by The Workbooth Magazine and also a the top 10 Platinum members of Career Influencers. Top 150 Global HR Influencer by Social Micole. Top 100 Career Women in Nigeria by 9to5Chick Top 30 Leading Women in HR by Worden HCD You can reach out to her by sending a mail to: info@careerlife.com.ng and follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @careerlifeng

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