HRIA PROGRAMS

Over the next few weeks in the lead up to Hire & Rental Industry Association #HIRE24 expo, we are having a deep dive into some of our employees whom have taken part in the Women in Hire and HRIA Young Professionals Network (YPN) Leadership Development Program.

GAVIN KAYE – MENTOR

Can you tell us about your role at Site HQ?
I’m the current Sales Manager at Site HQ.

On a daily basis I deal with many companies within the Hire Industry all over Australia & provide support to our BDM’s & admin staff throughout Australia also.

What initially drew you to become a mentor?
Quite a few reasons.

Although it sounds very cliché I do like helping others be the best they can be & thought if I could play a small part in the progression of a mentee then it would be well worthwhile being part of the program.

I also think as a leader you should always be seeking constant improvement within yourself & taking part in this program I saw as a way to improve my leadership/mentoring skills.

What does being a part of this program mean to you?
It is a way of giving back as such. I started in hire 20 years ago with absolutely no knowledge of Hire whatsoever but have been fortunate to have had many good mentors over the years from various different companies. What I love about this industry is that you really can go as far as you want without needing any special qualifications as such. As long as you have a solid work ethic & the right attitude. It’s an industry that anyone can come into & make a career out of.

What are you looking forward to most at HIRE24?
I’m really looking forward to catching up with many contacts throughout the industry from all parts of Australia.

From your experience within the mentorship, what stood out to you the most and what will you take away from this experience?
I’ve enjoyed seeing the Mentees grow in confidence throughout the program.

I’ve also really loved hearing from the other mentors in the program throughout our group sessions who have so much insightful knowledge to share on many different topics covered.

What would you say to anyone considering being part of the Women in Hire or Young Professional program?
I would highly recommend anyone considering taking part in the programs. It’s a great way to meet other people in the industry and to expand your network but also learn from the various challenges that we all face at times which can be quite similar with all companies.

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about becoming a mentor?
If you have the time then do it. It’s a great way to meet & build relationships with many other people within the Industry but also build on your own leadership/mentoring skills.

brendan semenikow – mentee

Can you tell us about your role at 1300TempFence?

I am the NSW Business Development Manager for Major Projects.

My role consists of building relationships with our Tier 1 clients on all Major Infrastructure Projects to assist with site security solutions based on our product range and beyond from being part of the tender process and seeing the job right through from the job being won to planning, right through to installation and staying on top of each site to continually assist with any hurdles they may face on site.

What initially drew you to joining the young professionals program?
I learnt about this program at last year’s Gala Dinner for HIRE23 here in Sydney and I really loved Tom Wood’s acceptance speech when he won. I became intrigued by the program and it gave me the determination to become this year’s winner at HIRE24.

I have always been someone who loves to learn and push to be the best at whatever I have committed myself to, so I thought this was a great opportunity to help my own growth within the industry as well as personally and professionally. I loved what I had heard about the program prior to starting along with the feedback that came from previous winners (Tom Wood) and other mentees.

What does being a part of this program mean to you?
It means everything to me currently, I have had so many emotions going through this program from initially intrigued, to nervous, to discomfort, to opening up, to learning and taking in the full experience with however it came at me.

From this, it has given me a full drive to hopefully bring home the trophy and be this year’s champion so I can pass on my experiences to future mentees and potentially be a part of the program as a mentor in the future.

What are you looking forward to most at HIRE24?
Catching up with everyone again from the mentors, mentees, the program organisers and the people I have networked and connected with over the course from other states but have not yet met in person. It will be a great celebration to reflect on how far we have all come from committing to this program and letting our hair down with a drink to celebrate.

From your experience within the program, what stood out to you the most and what will you take away from this experience?
Two Things really stood out to me:

1. My personal growth, things I have taken away from each session and brought into my everyday life. The simple things made me change my habits and impact in a big way outside of work.

2. My ability & knowledge, it was very eye-opening to see what I felt I knew in the industry and put me into a reality of what I thought I knew compared to how much I should know at this stage of my career. For example, in workshop 3 we were given a task to rate ourselves over some categories we face day to day in the industry and then get the feedback from our group of mentors & mentees we were in for the task, the way they seen I worked in comparison to how I feel I worked was very different & eye opening which I learnt a lot about myself and assisted in new thought processes to some of my approaches since this session and has been really beneficial.

Why would you recommend your program?
So many reasons….for networking, self-growth and professional growth. If you fully grasp every opportunity the course has to offer and feel every emotion of the program, you learn so much about yourself and how you can become a better version of yourself within the Hire Industry, for your current company and role you are in.

It opens up your eyes to other avenues you can go down within the industry and company you work for in the way of career development and always having a new network to discuss things with that came from this program within the HRIA Members, mentors & mentees.

I would highly recommend this program for anyone wanting or thinking about doing it. It’s definitely a life changing experience.

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about becoming a mentor?
Grasp and take the program with an open mind and give 100% commitment. You will feel a lot of different emotions throughout the program which is all only a benefit for your growth on this journey and know that you have the full support of everyone involved, you will come out the other end of the program a better version of yourself professionally and personally.

TEGAN GILLIES – mentee

Can you tell us about your role at 1300TempFence?
Currently I’m the CSR for our South Australian Branch.

What initially drew you to joining the young professionals program?
The Hire industry is a heavily male dominated industry that is rapidly growing from the support of women; further developing my skills and abilities was something that was personal to me which is what the women in hire program is all about.

What does being a part of this program mean to you?
Being apart of this program is tremendous leap into the right direction. It is an opportunity to truly understand the involvement and impact women have in creating some of the countries best hire organisations.

What are you looking forward to most at HIRE24?
Bringing all my skills & capabilities to surface and further developing with new methods that will benefit my current and future roles & endeavours

From your experience within the program, what stood out to you the most and what will you take away from this experience?
The close-knit relationship that is created. No question goes unanswered. You feel a great sense of confidence from the excellent mentors which transfers over into day-to-day tasks.

Why would you recommend your program?
If you feel stagnant, unsure where you stand or simply want to blossom this is the right pogrom for you. It is a serious testament to all the hard work women have made the Hire industry and will continue to make.

What advice would you give to someone considering of signing up?
You will never know if you never try. Be bold and take the leap. The only direction you go in when you take part of the project, is up.