Walking your way into a job isn’t always easy, with lots of competition for one job and an employer’s long list of desirable qualities to match.
However, once an individual secures a role, it is equally important for them to proactively develop and hone new skills that can benefit their job, such as undertaking extra academic courses outwith work, or taking on voluntary and charity work.
Genesis Personnel, a leading recruitment firm based in the north-east, recognises the importance of continuous learning in the workplace and encourages its employees, along with its job-seekers to consider extra learning and training to improve their careers.
The recruitment firm, which has offices in Aberdeen and Peterhead, has recently invested in a key member of staff, after she expressed her desire to go on a nine-month business growth course.
Moira Murawiecka, sales and recruitment manager at Genesis Personnel, has been in the recruitment industry for over 17 years, accumulating a wide range of skills but continues to undertake various academic and creative classes including, business and IT classes, cupcake making and flower arranging.
Moira said: “As everyone knows, there are never enough hours in a day to get everything done, but when you are passionate about something, you make a conscious effort to make time for it.
“I really enjoy learning so I decided to make it a top priority this year, taking on a business growth class in the evening. I was really interested in the class and wanted to apply myself efficiently, so I blocked out every Wednesday night in my diary to focus on my learning.”
The experienced professional now adapts her knowledge from the course into a teaching platform for her colleagues by introducing new processes to improve and develop the business and its employees by hosting lunch and learn sessions on a variety of topics such as social media, sales visits and specific industry topics, as well as group creative thinking sessions.
Within the competitive recruitment industry, Moira explained why she is passionate about passing on knowledge.
“It is very important for senior managers to pass on any relevant knowledge and experience gained from courses and it is something I am very eager to do. I have learned several new processes and skills, which I have been able to share in-house for the good of the business and our employees, and it has already made a big difference.”
As well as challenging herself mentally in the work place, Moira has recently challenged herself physically, completing the West Highland Way walk to raise money for a charity close to her heart, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
The 96-mile route, which links Milngavie, just outside Glasgow to Fort William in the Highlands, proved to be a real adventure for Moira and her best friend Carole Tailford, who wanted to tackle a new and exciting challenge where they could learn valuable skills and utilise them in the workplace.
Moira, continued: “It was very a tough challenge but I am so glad that we managed to complete it. We trained thoroughly beforehand and planned every mile, ensuring we had nice accommodation so we could relax after the long walks each day, and organised for both of our bags to be transported throughout the walk to ease the pain slightly. Through the tough times, we worked together, encouraging each other, even through the unpredictable weather conditions and managed to raise crucial funds for a very worthwhile charity.”
“Carrying out these types of tasks or events that are out of your comfort zone is not only great for yourself personally, but it can also highlight previously unknown skills and the importance of communication and planning, which is vital in most job roles.
“Although this was an individual challenge, the management and staff of Genesis Personnel often work together to raise money for local charities, and the firm has supported CLAN and CLIC Sargent through various events.”
A just giving page has been set up to support the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and so far an impressive £1,650 has been raised. To make a donation to Moira’s West Highland Walk challenge page visit her Just Giving page here