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'I wanted to be an astronaut... then I realised a lot of it is just maths!'

Rich Hewison
Career stories
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Introducing Rich Hewison, Voco's new Member Success Lead, who'll be bringing almost a decade of experience in talent acquisition and HR to bear as he ensures our membership community gets the most out of their Voco journey. And to get to know him a bit better, we asked him to tell us a bit about his career so far...

What did you want to be when you grew up?

An astronaut! But when I was a teenager I realised a lot of it is just maths (boooo...!) and apparently astronauts can't be over 6ft!

What's most surprised you about where your career has taken you?

Nothing has really surprised me about where my career has taken me, it's all felt like a natural evolution. However, without actively embracing that evolution I wouldn't be where I am now. What did surprise me is the incredible reach HR/People functions have in a business, they are the beating heart of any successful organisation. It's a function full of passionate nerds and I love that.

What are you most proud of in your career so far?

My first in-house recruitment/talent acquisition role; I am very proud of everything I achieved and learned in my 3 years there. I managed to get involved in almost all aspects of Talent Acquisition and HR, with colleagues from all different backgrounds and perspectives, it was never dull and the best learning experience I've had in my career.

What's the biggest career mistake you have ever made?

I truly believe you need to make mistakes to challenge you and to help you grow and improve, so there aren't any specific mistakes I regret. One job I took though, I should have thought about longer than I did before accepting, but my time at that business certainly taught me what I don't enjoy about work!

What's the best bit of career advice you’ve given others?

Never stop learning, always ask questions, back your skills, always collaborate when you can, don't worry about failure and try to enjoy it! And one for more competitive-minded people - always treat your job as a vessel for your ambitions.

Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to your younger self?

Don't stress about things out of your control. Just don't.

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