Career track: Coleen Paterson, graduate team manager, Standard Life

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Career track: Coleen Paterson, graduate team manager, Standard LifeOn 22 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today For the next seven months, Personnel Today will be continuing to follow thecareers of two HR professionals at financial services company Standard Life.This week, we hear the latest report from graduate Coleen Paterson, who lasttime out reported on her promotion to graduate team manager (Personnel Today,10 June). Here she outlines the challenges of her new role. I have settled well into my role as graduate team manager, and have enjoyedthe challenge of leading a strong team. No-one warns you that managing otherswill be as eye-opening, entertaining and stressful as it actually is, but theyalso don’t tell you how rewarding it can be when you get it right. I havediscovered a new level of appreciation for all the management theories Istudied a few years ago. Over the past few years, we have enjoyed a significant rise in the number ofgraduate applications to Standard Life’s training programmes. In the world ofonline recruitment, I suspect some graduates have developed a ‘cut and paste’mentality, hedging their bets by applying to a number of graduate recruiterswithout being selective about their applications. Therefore, the rise inapplications has not always led to an equivalent rise in the quality ofapplicants. This has resulted in three issues for my team to overcome: we have moreapplications to manage, we have to make clear to the students what ourexpectations are of them, and we have an increasing challenge in trying toattract the ‘best’ candidates. Attracting the ‘best’ graduates is what every graduate recruiter seeks todo, but I believe the ‘best’ are those that are right for your organisation, sothere is much more to consider than just their academic qualifications. Standard Life has additional challenges in attracting the best graduates aswe are a Scottish-based pensions company, which some may view as unappealing.It is our challenge to convey to students that Standard Life is a greatorganisation to work for, and that a graduate training programme here is a goodstart to any young person’s career. Having worked for the company for threeyears, enjoying my training and gaining a breadth of experience, I am goodexample of that. Since writing this column, Coleen has landed a new job as HR consultantat Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) and has resigned from Standard Life. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Summer Solicitors: What to Watch for with Door-to-Door

first_imgWith the warmer weather that comes along with summer, so do the door-to-door solicitors. While many operate fairly and honestly, there are ways to spot those who simply are looking for a quick buck.Tim Maniscalo, president and chief executive of the Better Business Bureau of Central Indiana, said homeowners should watch for cash-only offers, or solicitors who ask for the entire payment up front, or those who offer discounts to recommend other customers. He said people always should ask for identification and never allow a salesperson inside their homes.“They may be up to something other than just selling you something,” he said. “There are people who use the whole door-to-door sales pitch as a way to check out your home, and they might come back later and try to break in your home or steal, something like that.”Another red flag is the company that says it has materials “left over from a job down the street” and offers to do the work right away, or at minimal cost. Maniscalo said professional contractors accurately estimate their material needs for projects, so the on-the-spot offers could be coming from people who don’t really know what they’re doing.Maniscalo reminded people that it’s OK to be firm about saying “no.”“There does come a time when you’ve got to just shut the door and just say, ‘Hey, I told you that I’m not interested in what it is that you’re selling’ – and shut the door,” he said. “Even though it might seem rude, there does come a time when that’s the appropriate thing to do.”Reputable companies will be willing to put bids in writing or leave information with people to contact them in the future, he said.Under Indiana’s Home Solicitation Act, consumers have three days to cancel any purchase of more than $25 that is made at their home or a location other than the seller’s place of business.More Information from the Better Business Bureau is online at read more

Brazil claim U-17 World Cup title with dramatic win over Mexico

first_imgBRAZIL have clinched their fourth Under-17 World Cup trophy in thrilling and controversial circumstances against Mexico.World Cup hosts Brazil triumphed 2-1 thanks to Lazaro Vinicius Marques’ 93rd-minute winner on Sunday at the Bezerrao.Mexico – winners of the showpiece tournament in 2005 and 2011 – looked on track to add a third title to their collection when Bryan Alonso Gonzalez Olivan headed home the opener in the 66th minute.But Brazil, playing in front of legends Ronaldo and Cafu, rallied courtesy of Kaio Jorge’s questionable penalty with six minutes of regulation time remaining.Brazil then completed the comeback deep into stoppage time when Lazaro volleyed home a last-gasp winner.The victory added to Brazil’s successes in 1997, 1999 and 2003 as they moved within one of Nigeria’s record of five championships.The Selecao won all eight of their games at the tournament with Kaio Jorge the side’s top goal scorer with five strikes to his name.Mexico meanwhile, who recently won the U-17 CONCACAF tournament, drew their opening match against Paraguay before ending the group stages with an emphatic 8-0 win over Solomon Islands. They then required penalties to dispatch Netherlands in the semi-finals and will be gutted to have let a lead slip so late against Brazil in the decider.Dutch striker Sontje Hansen ended the World Cup with the golden boot for his six goals, while Selecao star Gabriel Veron was voted the best player of the tournament. France claimed bronze in Brazil after beating Netherlands 3-1 in their third-place match with Arnaud Kalimuendo-Muinga netting a hat-trick for the victors.England, who won the U-17 World Cup in 2017, failed to qualify for the tournament after being eliminated in the group stages of the U-17 European Championship earlier this year.Peru, who last competed in the U-17 World Cup in 2007, are set to host the next tournament in two years time with 24 nations to compete across six cities.While they now have a record fifth World Cup in their sights, Brazil will be focused on simply qualifying for the tournament with the past two winners failing to do so. ( read more

Illness rules Pogba out of United’s visit to Huddersfield

first_img“Paul accepts that he has not been playing well in the last few matches but that’s all,” said Mourinho.“He is not playing well, period. And the team needs him at a good level.Once upon a time… 6 years ago I played my first official match with our team ?? Dissapointed with yesterday’s result bt we’ll come back stronger.#wecanalwaysdobetter @ManUtd #mufc— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) February 1, 2018“And when he is not playing at a good level the team is not as good as the team can be.“I think it happens with every team when the best players, the most crucial players, for some reason are not performing.”Pogba’s absence robs Mourinho of a final opportunity to find the right blend with his star midfielder and January signing Alexis Sanchez both in the side before United travel to Sevilla on Wednesday night for the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.Share on: WhatsApp The French midfielder, who returned to United from Juventus for a then world record £89 million (100 million euros, $125 million) in 2016, hasn’t completed 90 minutes since a 1-0 win at Burnley just under a month ago.Pogba was substituted with United trailing in recent defeats at Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United, and dropped when Huddersfield visited Old Trafford on league duty two weeks’ ago. London, United Kingdom | AFP | A frustrating few weeks for Manchester United’s Paul Pogba continued when he was ruled out of Saturday’s FA Cup fifth round trip to Huddersfield Town due to illness.“U23s midfielder Ethan Hamilton has taken his place in the squad,” United posted on Twitter.United boss Jose Mourinho angrily insisted on Friday that rumours his relationship with Pogba has broken down were “lies”.last_img read more

Detroit’s QB controversy intensifies

first_img Mariucci’s dilemma: Should he keep playing Joey Harrington, who has the NFL’s lowest passer’s rating and was booed off Ford Field by angry Lions fans last weekend? Or should Mariucci switch to Jeff Garcia, a 35-year-old coming off a broken leg and a shattered 2004 season with Cleveland? “You take a lot of things into consideration,” Mariucci said earlier this week. “But the bottom line is that it’s a matter of who I feel gives us the best chance to win the game. I really believe both guys are capable.” CLEVELAND — Calling it a controversy doesn’t come close to explaining Detroit’s quarterback situation. An ugly, festering mess might be more appropriate. Pity poor Lions coach Steve Mariucci, who has a first-place team and a second-or third-rate offense. He goes into today’s game against the Cleveland Browns with two choices for a starting QB, neither of them very good. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Too bad Mariucci can’t combine the best qualities of his two QBs: Harrington’s arm and youth, Garcia’s legs and experience, into one. Ladies and gentlemen, introducing Jeffy Garcington. Despite their quarterbacking conflict, the Lions (2-3) are atop the dreadful NFC North, and after playing the Browns (2-3), they’ll face division rivals Chicago and Minnesota in consecutive weeks with a chance to separate from the pack. They’ll only be able to do that if they can fix the league’s 30th-ranked offense, which was outscored by Detroit’s defense in a 21-20 loss to Carolina last week. Harrington, who has yet to live up to the expectations of a No. 3 overall draft pick (2002), has taken the brunt of the criticism. But Mariucci, who wasn’t expected to make a decision on his starter until gametime, has sheltered Harrington better than Detroit’s offensive line. center_img “It would be crazy to point the finger at one person the quarterback,” he said. Last week, Detroit fans focused their hostility on Harrington, whose string of 37 consecutive starts the most by a Lions quarterback since Greg Landry from 1970-73 could be in jeopardy. That’s not surprising to Harrington, who is 16-33 as a starter. However, he isn’t about to give up. “I’m not in a spot I want to be in right now in terms of wins and losses and where this team is sitting, but that’s just more reason to keep working,” he said. “I’m not someone who’s going to quit just because I hit a little bump in the road. I don’t care how big that bump is, I’m going to keep fighting through it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Jerome Valcke’s FIFA ban appeal dismissed by Court of Arbitration for Sports

first_imgFormer FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke’s appeal to cut down his 10-year ban from football was dismissed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday.The secretary general at FIFA for eight years during Sepp Blatter’s presidency was fired in 2016 and banned from all football-related activity for 10 years by the FIFA ethics committee.His appeal was heard in October, and on Friday it was dismissed by CAS.”The offenses found to have been committed by Jerome Valcke were cumulatively of a serious degree of gravity,” CAS said in its statement, adding the ban and fine of 100,000 Swiss francs ($100,200) “were wholly proportionate.”The former TV presenter from France was a FIFA marketing executive – being fired once before in 2006 – before becoming then-president Blatter’s right-hand man the next year. He was fired a second time in January 2016 after being implicated in irregular World Cup ticket and broadcast rights sales, plus expense abuses including personal use of private jets.The FIFA ethics committee banned Valcke for 12 years, with an additional charge of destroying evidence. FIFA’s appeal panel cut the ban by two years because it judged the broadcasting deal charge was not proven.Valcke denied all wrongdoing.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more