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Navigating a career from recruitment to corporate HR was a huge cultural shift for this week’s guest, Vanessa Harris. Vanessa is Director of Partnership and Performance at global law firm Baker McKenzie and joins our host, Stuart Elliott to discuss her journey into HR and the skills she has had to obtain in order to adapt to a global role.
Vanessa has extensive experience in the professional services sector, in particular within legal services and has worked for Baker McKenzie for over sixteen years in a variety of different roles. Starting her career in Sydney as a recruiter, Vanessa has since moved to Singapore and has learnt the importance of having international experience to broaden her career.
In this episode, Vanessa speaks about the challenges she has faced moving across the world into a global role and her proudest moments working in HR. She also offers her advice on fostering a trusted network of people, seizing opportunities and learning 'organisational savvy' in order to build a flourishing career in HR.
02:00 – Introducing Vanessa Harris
09:32 – The shift from a career in recruitment to Learning and Development
20:30 - The cultural change from Australia to Singapore
22:22 – The challenges of working within a legal firm
27:10 – What it’s like working in a global role being based in Singapore
33:15 – Vanessa’s proudest moments from working in HR
40:29 – Vanessa’s experience in a male dominated sector
44:30 – Advice for those beginning a career in HR