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THIS MONTH WE PROFILE TWO PEOPLE WHO ARE
PARTICIPATING IN AHRI’S MENTORING PROGRAM.
MENTEE: KEVIN CARTY
CURRENT JOB TITLE: MANAGER BUSINESS
PARTNERS & PROJECT SUPPORT, NSW STATE GOVT
MENTOR: RITA D’ARCY, FAHRI, FCIPD
CURRENT JOB TITLE: FOUNDER AND
CONSULTANT, PARTICULARLY PEOPLE
Q What did you get out of the
Less than a year before meeting Rita, I began
working in the public sector and we connected
when there was a lot of change going on in my life,
so it has been great to get advice and guidance.
Q What is the most important lesson
you’ve taken away?
It is to reflect back on my work and how I approach
things. Rita is excellent at saying ‘I’m going to pull
you up and challenge you on that ’. She encourages me to think differently and will
plant seeds of thought for me to adopt a more considered approach.
Q Tell us about your first session with Rita.
We clicked from the start. Rita brought a diary for me to use as a journal
throughout this process and luckily I also bought her a small gift. On the first day
we met, I was facing a significant challenge at work, and Rita provided a great
sounding board and gave me some perspective.
Q How often do you meet?
We meet ever y month or so. Bet ween meetings there is some email
exchange and phone calls, and Rita will usually give me some things to reflect on.
Q What is your dream HR job?
This one comes close. The public sector is going through significant change
and I feel well-suited to the work and excited about being in this space – it’s a great
time to be here. There are oppor tunities to influence the strategic direction of
the organisation. I t ’s also an oppor tunity to give something back to the broader
community. It ’s a bonus that I’ve come into the org anisation at the right time and
feel I can add value.
Q What advice would you give to a mentee completing the
Embrace it and be open-minded. The mentorship might go off in many directions,
because life and roles change and shift. The mentor has obvious and not-so-obvious
areas of exper tise that they are willing to impar t. The experience has inspired me
recently to become a mentor myself and pass on what my mentor has taught me.
Q Tell us about your
career history so far.
My HR career has spanned
25 years. I began in retail
management which was a
wonder ful springboard into HR
as I learnt early on about the
value of the employee/manager
relationship. I have held various
senior HR management roles with
a number of local and global organisations, consciously choosing an
HR generalist career pathway to gain a breadth of experience.
Just over eight years ago, I opened my own consulting firm,
specialising in per formance, culture, leadership, engagement and
transformation. In addition, I coach senior leaders and emerging HR
professionals and teach business and HR units to undergraduates.
Q Why did you decide to become a mentor?
I have been asked by upcoming HR professionals to mentor
them and it’s a great honour. I have been lucky to have access to great
people in shaping my career and influencing my thinking. I quickly
realised how much I enjoyed my mentoring role and how impor tant it
was to give back to my profession as a sign of gratitude. My prize from
this ex perience is simple: growth for both of us in whatever way that
presents itself and plenty of laughs along the way.
Q What have you learnt from Kevin?
Kevin and I are different individuals but we share a common
goal... wanting to see people around us strive to achieve their personal
best. Kevin has taught me about the different approaches we need
to take to achieve that. Kevin has also taught me about the value of
meditation, and learning to switch off from the constant noise that
per vades our busy lives... I am still trying Kevin!
Q What do you hope Kevin has taken away from the
I hope it has provided Kevin with personal growth in ways that exceed
what he had set out for himself at the star t of the program. I also hope
it has inspired him to one day become a mentor himself.
Q How do you think mentees can get the most from
Let the relationship unfold organically and don’t try to over orchestrate
it. However, do try to identify early on how your mentor can suppor t
you (eg is it technical guidance you need, or strategies for managing
yourself in cer tain situations?). But, if the chemistry isn’t right, don’t
persevere. The foundation should be professional respect and trust,
which may at times involve some ‘tough love’.
ABOUT AHRI’S MENTORING PROGRAM
WHETHER YOU ARE A MENTEE WANTING TO EXCEL IN YOUR CURRENT POSITION OR A
SEASONED PROFESSIONAL LOOKING TO DEVELOP YOUR COACHING AND MENTORING
SKILLS, AHRI’S MEMBER-ONLY MENTORING PROGRAM WILL GIVE YOU VALUABLE
INSIGHTS FROM THE SHARING OF ADVICE, KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCES.
Applications for intake 1 of the 2016 program close on 29 Februar y. Apply now at:
Melbourne. Famous organisation. Immediate start. Permanent
This organisation seeks a proactive remuneration and benefits
specialist to take responsibility for the reward, reporting and
administration for employees in the organisation. This position will
support a wide-range of HR initiatives and will allow you to build your
expertise by exposing you to a wide range of people and challenges.
The position will encompass a variety of responsibilities such as job
grading, market analysis, compensation negotiation, contract creation
and employee data management.
You should have strong experience
and knowledge of remuneration
and benefits and employee
contract negotiation. Strong
communication skills and a
proactive attitude are also required.
Contact Bobak Rostampour at
or 03 9604 9659.
HR BUSINESS PARTNER
This global technology organisation is seeking an HR Business
Partner to join its Sydney-based business as it experiences rapid
growth in Australia and New Zealand.
As an integral part of the leadership team, you’ll be the key
driver in delivering people initiatives, operational HR and change
programs. You’ll be working closely with a sales and marketing
and technology client group. A key focus of your role will be
building trust with stakeholders and the growing diverse workforce,
partnering it to develop engagement initiatives and continuously
improve people practices. You’ll provide operational support, be
passionate about HR processes and have a hands on and adaptive
This role presents a rare and
exciting career opportunity for an
HR Business Partner who enjoys
working for an innovative brand
Contact Kat McCarthy at
or 02 8226 9792.
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