Case studies

Responsibility from day one

Claire Borgartz

Claire Borgartz

HR Intern, Malmesbury, UK

An HR intern given the opportunity to develop new transferable skills.

I studied Biochemistry and Pharmacology, but wanted to gain experience outside of the lab – to be pushed outside of my comfort zone. For my first rotation, I’ve been working with the Talent Acquisition Coordination team – scheduling interviews, preparing contracts and helping organise the weekly company induction sessions.

Soon I’ll be moving to a live confidential HR project for secondment, while working on a project with Talent Engagement. This structure means that I get a great overview of the HR function as a whole.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect before I started, but I’ve really enjoyed my placement. I’ve heard stories of interns who spend their days photocopying and making coffees, or – even worse – being given no work to do. At Dyson I’ve been welcomed as a full member of my team and given real responsibility from day one.

The office atmosphere is open, friendly, and relaxed, which was important for me. Everyone has been very helpful and welcoming – you’re never made to feel like you’re asking too many questions. I’ve certainly learnt a huge amount, both about HR and also important personal skills such as project management and networking. Every day brings new challenges, but that’s part of what makes my work so rewarding and interesting.

The intern scheme runs parallel to the graduate programme at Dyson, so we benefit from many of the same training and development opportunities. Within a few weeks of starting I was invited to visit Dyson’s flagship demo store on Oxford Street in London. The team cared about our opinions and suggestions, and it was really interesting to find out more about Dyson’s technology and sales strategy. I also had the chance to go in-store on Black Friday weekend to help sell machines and learn more from Dyson Experts. I’m proud to say that we sold out of Dyson V8™ vacuum cleaners on that day!

I’ve been invited to help with a confidential project for the second half of my placement. While my remit is still HR, it should provide me with a lot of cross-functional and senior exposure, which is really exciting. Being able to work on a live project with real impact across the business will be a fantastic experience and I can’t wait to get started.