On 14th March 2015 Middlesex's Business School will celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Human Resource Management department. In the lead up to this historic event, we look at some of the HRM alumni and ask them about how their time studying HR at Middlesex has shaped their career, and look at what changes they have seen in HR since they graduated.
Max Bagas is the third alumnus in our spotlight features looking back over 65 years of HR at Middlesex. With a CV that boasts work with several NHS Trust hospitals across London, we also talked to Max about his work at Austin Dean Recruitment and what it takes to succeed in HR.
Max Bagas – Recruitment Consultant at Austin Dean Recruitment
As the founder of Austin Dean Recruitment, a recruitment agency that specialises in healthcare recruitment, Max is responsible for both recruiting the right people and playing the role of HR director in his own company. With 15 years of HR experience, and six years spent working in HR for NHS Trust hospitals, Max's knowledge of both industries means that his company offers a unique perspective in hiring for HR and IT roles in healthcare.
"My tutors at Middlesex were excellent and really knowledgeable in their fields. The MA in HRM set me up really well to work in both public and private sectors" - MA Human Resource Management alumnus Max Bagas
Max's work also involves finding solutions for issues in HR. As well as having an excellent understanding of how each organisation operates and its business objectives, Max stresses how important people skills are to making a success of a career in HR.
"As the director of the business, I have an excellent understanding of how the organisation operates, its business requirements and commercial objectives. I work very closely with other departments, and provide an information resource for both employees and senior management," Max says.
"You need to be people orientated and genuinely care about the well-being and development of your employees, which often results in close working relationships with people from across the business."
Returning to Middlesex
In 1999 Max graduated from Middlesex University with a BA in Human Resources Management and Management, and soon got a job working in HR for a voluntary organisation. After just a year Max decided he wanted to develop his skillset further and made the decision to return to Middlesex to pursue an MA in Human Resource Management.
"My tutors at Middlesex were excellent and really knowledgeable in their fields," Max says. "The MA in HRM set me up really well to work in both public and private sectors. CIPD accreditation is also crucial nowadays if you want to progress in HR"
After graduating from his master's degree Max got a job at the NHS, and became the youngest HR manager in the organisation, which remains the UK's largest employer. While Max was prepared for the fact that remuneration would not be as high as in the private sector, the investment that went into his personal growth, including excellent training and development opportunities, with the NHS was excellent.
"In my early career I received constant support and feedback from senior directors, which really inspired me to go the extra mile," Max says, speaking about his time at the NHS. "I had a great experience there that developed my potential, and the master's degree put me in such good stead for my subsequent roles, by giving me really good theory into the practice."
A Changing HR
Looking back over 65 years of HR, Max reflects on the changes that he has had to adjust to while working in the industry.
"In the last couple of years there have been profound transformations in HR, and a lot of that has come from legislative changes in employment law," Max told Middlesex. "There is now much more support in place that not only protects individuals, but also looks after employers.
"It's so important to keep on top of these constant legislative changes, but this can be one of the challenges of working in HR."
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