"Always ask" is key career advice

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Matthew Huthchison is a 24 year old Aberdeen HR assistant for Empire.

WHAT DOES YOUR ROLE INVOLVE?

My job involves drafting information for clients including contracts and handbooks. Organising training sessions and lunch and learns for clients are also core parts of my role. These include a range of courses offered by Empire including employment law updates in Aberdeen, Inverness, Dundee and Glasgow, as well as the latest addition to our portfolio, mental health first aid courses. In addition I undertake HR administration duties.

WHAT IS YOUR JOB'S BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

With a Masters degree in HR, I am enjoying converting what I learned at university and applying that to practical situations. Being able to offer the best advice to clients requires a mixture of experience and knowledge and being at the heart of Empire, I am able to gain that valuable experience.

WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR ROLE?

I really enjoy being exposed to a variety of industries including oil and gas, retail, sport, and the third sector, while many of my fellow HR graduates are exposed to just one industry. Empire’s client base encompasses a wide array of companies some with hundreds of employees and some clients with only one or two. This allows me to put my learning to the test and experience the full spectrum of HR management.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR BEST CAREER ADVICE?

There have been two main things that have helped me gain experience and develop. The first being ‘always ask’. If you are thinking twice about sending out CVs or getting in touch with a contact always do so because, ultimately, the worst that can happen is that they say no and you move on. You never know what might come of it.

A week’s unpaid work experience adds to your CV and can be the first step on the ladder. This is what happened at Empire, I was offered a temporary job initially but after a short while I was employed permanently after showing my skills and what I could offer the company moving forward.

WHAT'S YOUR DREAM?

My main goal at this stage is to become a qualified HR advisor who is well respected in the workplace, ultimately progressing to a management role in the future.

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