Tara tells us what it is like as a HR Intern with Pernod Ricard
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background?
My name is Tara and I grew up around Brighton! I am an undergraduate at the University of Kent studying International Business. I have done dance since I can remember so in my spare time I go to local dance classes.
What is your role and how long have you been at Pernod Ricard UK?
I am the HR Executive Intern and I have been at PRUK for nearly 4 months now.
What inspired you to apply for this role / Pernod Ricard UK?
I wasn’t sure what role would suit me best but I was aware of PRUK’s brand’s and knew that was a company I wanted to work for. I love working and motivating others, so HR seemed like a good fit. PRUK in general is an attractive company with a great ethos, which has made my time here even better.
What is your favourite Pernod Ricard brand, and why?
I am a big fan of gin so I would have to say my favourite is Beefeater! Although there are 100’s of brands to choose, I like a classic G&T.
What has been the single most important thing you learnt so far in your job?
Above HR knowledge, I have learnt the importance of time management and communication. Doing a placement I already feel like a different person and more motivated for my future career.
What would a ‘normal’ day look like for someone in your role?
That’s the exciting part about HR… no day is the same. At PRUK, you get you involved in everything such a changing policy, recruitment, D&I, disciplinaries and so much more! You will have team lunches, meetings with hiring managers, interviews, presentations and so on.
What do you find most interesting with the sector you’re in?
The people! Within HR, you get to work with the whole company and meet a vary of different personalities. It has definitely taught me how to approach situations better.
What is the culture like?
Conviviality! PRUK have got it right with working hard but also celebrating. It is a flat structure here and everyone is approachable. Everyone says hi to anyone and is always willing to help.
Have you had the opportunity to get involved in any activities outside work?
I went down to Plymouth distillery for a few days with my team and last week went to the Recruitment Awards in Mayfair.
How important is diversity to you and what is Pernod Ricard UK doing in this space at the moment?
Diversity at PRUK is definitely recognised as a key goal and something we constantly strive to improve and better ourselves at. I respect PRUK as they are open and honest that it is important to them and want to improve.
How did you find the application process?
Throughout applying for placements I was nervous but Bright Network's application process was clear. It was a great opportunity to present myself in different ways whether that’s pre-recorded videos or cover letter questions.
Finally, any tips for anyone who’d like to apply for a role at Pernod Ricard UK?
Be positive! A smile and the right attitude go a long way. PRUK is a great company to work for and the employees should represent what it stands for. When applying, be yourself! It can be nerve racking, but the team are here to support and want to help you be the best version of yourself! Good luck to everyone applying- I look forward to seeing you in the office next year.