Meet Priya, a driven and determined individual who took a bold step to pursue her dreams by relocating from India to the UK. Although Priya’s technical background was in engineering, she had always felt a strong pull towards the human resources field. The drive came from an innate passion for people and their unique talents.
Determined to turn her passion into a career path, she made the leap and embraced a new challenge: switching from engineering to HR. Through hard work and determination, Priya has blazed a new trail both in her professional and personal life. The leap also involved Priya becoming the first member of her family to receive a master’s degree and move overseas.
Her positive attitude and unwavering determination demonstrate a shining example to everyone in our business and translate directly to the high quality of work for our clients every day. In this feature, we delve into Priya’s inspiring journey and find out what drives her to keep pushing the boundaries and achieving her goals.
“Making the decision to move across the world, switch careers, and embark on a new industry was not without its challenges. I was filled with nerves and uncertainty, starting in a new place. Some people didn’t understand why I would leave a successful engineering career, but I knew there was something missing. I am proud to say that all worked out for the best. I am now in a place where I do what I love, surrounded by new opportunities for growth and learning every day.”
Priya’s journey in the corporate world began as an Electronics and Communications engineer for a large, global software company on their biggest site in Bangalore. From the get-go, she was fascinated by the company’s commitment to their employees and how it positively impacted their workplace experience. While continuing work as an engineer, her interest in connecting people, ensuring top-class experiences and learning about the unique skills and motivations of talent grew. Eventually, this led her to enquire with the HR department, where she expressed her interest in learning more about the potential opportunities for someone from a different background. Her expression of interest was met with an opportunity to begin a new career path in recruitment and HR, which saw Priya travel all over India as a campus recruiter. Priya’s drive and curiosity quickly led her to becoming a key part of the recruitment team.
“My greatest joy was seeing my candidates succeed and knowing that I played a role in their journey. More than once, the feedback I provided was a stepping stone for their success, and it was an amazing experience to see them thrive. It solidified that I wanted to be in the business of people and talent more than anything else.”
From there, things evolved quickly as Priya embarked on her journey to becoming a recruitment and HR professional. With her technical background in electronics and communications engineering, she was drawn to the field of technical recruitment. Driven by her ambition, she set her sights on a course in the United Kingdom that would help her achieve her goals. Priya was determined to study abroad, as she wanted to broaden her horizons and experience new opportunities that would help her grow both personally and professionally.
“There was a large focus on our career ambitions while I was studying. We talked about agency recruitment and in-house recruitment, but it wasn’t until I spoke to a recruiter from Hudson RPO that I discovered RPO recruitment. It’s perfect for me, I have all the benefits and can foster the relationships like I would being in-house, but at the same time I am able to build experience across different clients and industries. It’s the best of both worlds.”
As a technical recruiter at Hudson RPO, Priya plays a crucial role in the recruitment process, covering all aspects from sourcing and screening to competency-based interviews and reference checking. With her background as an engineer, Priya is well-equipped to assess the technical abilities of candidates, particularly in areas such as Python and Java. Currently, she focuses her learning on recruiting skills to further her career. When it comes to learning, Priya takes regular trips from Manchester to our Centre of Excellence in Edinburgh where she meets with colleagues assigned to other client accounts. The set-up in the Centre of Excellence in combination with Social Talent (our unlimited online learning platform), Priya can tailor her learning to her ambitions (and she has, having collected 148K learning points already.
“I want to start by learning the different stages of recruitment and be hands-on in the process, using my energy and enthusiasm to get involved in various tasks. Once I’ve gained expertise, my goal is to guide recruiters to source and deliver the best results for our clients. My ultimate goal however, is providing a positive experience for both clients and candidates, helping them grow their careers and driving diversity, equity and inclusion. That’s what motivates me and that’s what I find most rewarding about this industry.”
Priya’s story is a real testament to her determination and drive, as she continues to make an impact for others both in and outside of Hudson RPO.
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