My route into a JBA career – Liz Hird

This week we continue our blog series exploring the variety of routes into a career with JBA. We have many colleagues who have joined us from different industries and at various stages in their careers, bringing with them valuable transferable skills which we embrace and nurture with development and training.

My route into a JBA career - Liz HirdSo if you’re wondering, ‘how might my experience or particular skill set fit into a role with JBA?’ – read on to hear from Liz Hird and find out how her unique career journey lead to a role at JBA.

Just like Engineering Technician, Kerry Shannon who went from designing and creating commercial kitchens to designing fish passages, Liz developed her skills and expertise in a completely different industry before joining us.

Liz joined our Business Support team in 2021 from the legal sector, and now has a varied role encompassing procurement, business development and recruitment – working across many different teams within JBA. Here’s Liz to tell us more about her career pathway into JBA and her experience moving into a different industry with transferable skills:

 

JBA has been a real change of direction for me after having worked for 20 years in the legal sector. The two sectors are very different but JBA recognised that I could utilise my client and project management knowledge from my previous role as a conveyancing executive in my current role.

My role at JBA currently relates to procurement, assisting with business development opportunities and recruiting new talent to the company. There has been a lot to learn to familiarise myself with the many disciplines across JBA – as well as lots of new names and faces to remember. Throughout my short time here I have already had lots of scope to grow my role and the company is supportive in encouraging innovation and new ideas. There are also lots of training opportunities available to help you progress.

Finding a balance

One of the things I love about JBA is the flexibility and work-life balance it brings. With hybrid working, I get to enjoy my role but I can also be on hand when my family need me. There is also a great emphasis within the company on well-being and the importance of good mental health which is not something I had experienced in my career before.

Transferrable skills

Initially, I was apprehensive about changing into a different sector. However, I would suggest to anyone who is in a similar situation, where they are looking for a change, to take account of all the transferable skills you have and try something new – you never know what opportunities may be presented to you.

Want to know more?

For more information about where a career with JBA could take you, visit our careers page here.



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  • I will graduate in 2023 as a mature student who is changing career direction. I have worked in the accounts and finance sector for over 20 years, but am undertaking a Geography and Natural Hazard Management degree to hopefully gain a position within the environmental and sustainability sector. I have applied to the graduate scheme, so who knows.

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