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Kim Turnbull

Career Path: Human Resources Manager, A Share & Sons
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What are you doing now?

Kim TurnbullI am currently the National Human Resources Manager for A Share and Sons, a position I have held for the last 3 years. I was fortunate to secure the position on the brink of company expansion, with the current headcount increasing by nearly 30% in the last 2 years. I enjoy this line of work and the daily challenges it presents me, with no two days ever being the same.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

Northumbria University offered me the opportunity to study for a degree in Human Resource Management, but with the added benefit of being able to gain full Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) membership. The location of the university as well as the amenities on offer meant that it was really easy for me to access and network whilst on site.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

A great mix of lectures and seminars meant that all learning needs were catered for, with both team projects and individual case studies forming part of the learning process.

How connected was your course with industry?

The course was well connected within both the North East of England and surrounding area's industries, this allowed both myself and my fellow students to obtain placements both locally and as far away as Plymouth. I spent a year working for the Department for Work and Pensions, designing an improved learning and development tool that ended up being rolled out nationally.

What was the best thing about your course?

The course offered both practical and theoretical learning, which kept me engaged and driven to meet the deadlines that were set.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

Both the theory and practical elements obtained through my degree, allowed me to secure a position within my chosen field as the practical experience already gained was equal to the technical knowledge that my degree reflects.

Which skills/ knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

The skills most utilised throughout my career included such things as conflict handling, employment law and reward management. 

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

The support and friends that I made, that still now are in my life.

What advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria?

Don't think twice!

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in 3 words?

Fulfilling, worthwhile and fleeting.

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