A full on day at the annual CIPD students conference held at Aston University in Birmingham was had!
David D’Souza kicked off the event with an inspiring welcome address on the Future Proofing yourself as an HR professional. The words of the moment from the CIPD are Principles led, Evidence-based and Outcomes driven.
This was followed by a good keynote from Dr Richard MacKinnon from Future Work Centre who talked about the world of work as an eco system and the employee journey.
Breakout sessions were a choice of an Employment law update or Applying business judgement to HR Analytics. The latter appealed as being able to provide evidence either of an issue or a result tends to be needed more in organisations. Andrew Webster from National Grid talked through the analytics process for his organisation which was interesting.
Next up was a choice between Wellbeing and Maintaining Engagement through Organisational Change and Transformation but I believe the speaker from DWP Simon Lewis was not able to attend so David D’Souza stepped in to cover. Wellbeing was hosted by Rachael Suff from the CIPD and as a hot topic currently was a full room. Rachael gave a great review of the top issues and no surprise to see stress as the top cause of absence with 31% of all organisations seeing an increase in the last 12 months. Line Managers again being implicated as a major factor……
Lunch and a little light networking followed before the afternoon sessions.
Be the best candidate for the job was presented by Fiona Anderson from Valuing You and Diane Rance from Creating Value with People hosted a good interactive session which really got everyone in the room networking. Certainly the best session of the day in my opinion that gave students actionable take aways for their futures.
The day closed with a question and answer session followed by a closing keynote from Tiffany Poeppleman from LinkedIn which was full of great tips for students on how to use their profiles to boost their presence and look for opportunities.
The cost of the day was £36 and in terms of value for money was excellent and a good investment of time. More interaction in some of the sessions would be my only recommendation for next year as many students were not confident enough to mix without instruction. The event was well planned and organised so the entire committee should be congratulated on such a great event for students.