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Temi Phyllis Pratt

October 29th, 2020

Carving out a career in HR: tips from LSE alumna, Tolu Osho

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

Temi Phyllis Pratt

October 29th, 2020

Carving out a career in HR: tips from LSE alumna, Tolu Osho

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

In this guest blog post MSc Development Management student, Temi, shares insights from her recent interview with LSE alumna Tolu Osho.

Achieving your degree is hard work and as graduates we should all be proud of the work and effort put in to reach such a milestone.

After completing your degree the real career adventure begins! With so much opportunity, competition and options out there it can be hard to understand how to carve out a career path in Human Resources. Tolu Osho, HR Reward Specialist at Diageo and LSE alumna, (MSc Human Resource Management, 2008) – pictured below – has gone on to achieve a trail-blazing career since graduating from LSE and shared tips and insights from her career journey in a recent podcast interview that may help you in planning your career in Human Resources.

Top tips from our discussion  

  • Embrace the chance to start your career via the HR Generalist route. It is a great way to understand the diverse functions within HR.
  • Identify a mentor early in your career and think of the value you can be to them. Do your best to maintain this relationship throughout your career.
  • Take advantage of opportunities. When starting out in your career it is crucial to take advantage of opportunities that sometimes might take you out of your comfort zone. This will give you more skills and expose you to more people in your organisation.
  • Build your network. This is crucial in any workplace as your network will open you up to new opportunities and give you a broad understanding of changes in the sector. A good network means you will be at the cutting edge of sector trends.
  • Performance impressions matter and you need to make sure you build credibility from the start of your career. Think of it as your personal brand – what impressions do you want people to have of you?

You can listen back to Tolu’s interview here where we discuss more about her career journey, hear about trends in HR and the role of technology and data in shaping innovation in HR.

About the author

Temi Phyllis Pratt

Temi Phyllis Pratt is currently an MSc Development Management candidate. Her interests areas include; education, human capital development and technology for development. She is currently working at the intersection of education and development and is a Director at Canon Education – a STEM education-focused social enterprise providing much-needed education services and infrastructure to children and young people from low-income communities in Africa. Follow them on instagram: @canon_education.

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