Are you looking for insight into working life at Maryhill Housing from those who know it best? Every couple of months, we'll be sitting down for a coffee and a chat with a member of staff to find out a bit about them and their role. Jaclyn joined the Association as the HR Administrator and has recently moved into a new role as a trainee HR Officer.

Tell us a bit about yourself

Hi, I'm Jaclyn, and I'm the trainee HR Officer at Maryhill Housing. I've worked here since October 2022.

I joined the Association as the HR Administrator, and then the opportunity came up for the trainee officer role, which I successfully applied for. As part of my new role, I'm currently studying towards a CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) Level 5 qualification. You've got to make time for both work and study, but I am really enjoying the course. I started here on a temporary contract, so it's great to have an employer who provides training and development opportunities for temporary as well as permanent members of staff.

Two significant life events have also happened recently. I've just got married and moved house.

What was your first job?

My dad was a chef and I worked with him, doing the washing up and working as a waitress. It was good, and it was my first role in the hospitality sector, which I went on to work in afterwards.

What's your favourite part of your role here at Maryhill Housing?

Working in HR, our customers are our staff members, so employee engagement and bringing out the best in people would have to be my favourite part. I get a lot of joy out of working for my colleagues and finding out what they enjoy and perhaps don't enjoy so much about their role so that we can improve things. It helps us find out why people come to work for us and why they leave when the time comes to move on. It's the whole employee life cycle, and we are involved with each member of staff from the very beginning until they leave the company - from onboarding and inductions, learning and development and career milestones they may reach right through to doing things like an exit interview when someone does decide to move on to another role. I love being part of every part of the journey.

What's your favourite book, film and holiday destination?

It's a tricky question—I'm not sure if I have a favourite book, but one that sticks out in my mind is Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (by Gail Honeyman). I would definitely pick that one up again and re-read it.

If it's Christmas time, my favourite film would have to be It's a Wonderful Life, but otherwise, it would probably be Crazy Stupid Love, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.

My holiday destination is a place called Kalkan in Turkey. It wasn't somewhere that I originally had on my list, but my auntie has a place out there, and I fell in love with it when I went to visit. It's an ideal place for many different types of holidays - from going to the beach to sports, adventure, and nightclubbing.

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