After my apprenticeship as a garden center clerk, it was clear that this profession is not the one I would like to pursue for the next decades. Since I had to make a living, I held various positions as a cashier and clerk while I was looking for the right job for me. Therefore, I completed my high school degree as a part-time vocational education while working and finished it in 2008.
During this time, I got to know the area of HR Management (in theory) for the first time. Fascinated by this area, as it covered a wide range of topics, such as development, finance, marketing, strategy, and leadership, I used all the media available to find out more about this extensive and varied area.
From 2011 on, I continued my education using various courses and training exclusively in this area. I completed several WIFI courses for HR Management (generalist and professional), payroll accounting, and labor law. These courses further intensified my interest and finally, in 2014, led me to my Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management at the FHWien of WKW, which I completed in July 2017. During this course, I completed an internship as a recruiter with a personnel consultant, where I gained my first practical experience in recruiting and was able to apply my knowledge successfully.
From July 2017 until the end of January 2018, I worked as a recruiter and recruiting specialist for IT and technology at a recruitment agency. There I was able to expand and successfully apply my experience as a recruiter.
In November 2017, I continued my education until January 2018 with two HR Analytics and one HR Metrics course from the HR Analytics Academy to use my talent to work with numbers and statistics. At the same time, I read current scientific papers to acquire further knowledge in this area.
This interest and the knowledge that my Bachelor’s degree is only a basis for my future career and education led me to Tilburg University (Netherlands). At Tilburg University, I completed the Premaster and Master program in Human Resource Management. Through this study abroad, I acquired further profound knowledge in People Analytics and Statistics to work as an People Analyst afterward. It also enabled me to gain in-depth knowledge in the areas of work psychology, organizational development, international labor law, work design, and technology.
During this study, it became second nature for me to draw up suitable diagrams with the crucial information, formulate hypotheses, test the basic assumptions of parametric data, and select the correct analysis. I am familiar with collecting and compiling data from various sources, descriptive and inferential statistics, and performing parametric and non-parametric tests. I am also familiar with the different types of correlations (bivariate, partial, comparative), regressions (single, multiple, logistic), comparing two and more means (ANOVA), ANCOVA, factorial ANOVA, MANOVA, repeated-measures design, and the multilevel analysis. I used latter for my master’s thesis, which was beyond the taught curriculum and was particularly informative and instructive as my supervisor did not provide any additional support.
Currently, I am the sole HR controller and contact person regarding personnel costs in a freight forwarding company and implemented the entire HR controlling of the company in this short time. During the design of the HR dashboard and the implementation of all reports and procedures, I always considered the long-term planned further development and further automation. This implied the planning and creation of the HR dashboard, the design of all HR reports as well as the development and implementation of all HR controlling processes. In addition, I am currently working closely on various projects with the finance department, the site managers, the respective controllers, and other stakeholders, both inside and outside the company.
I am not able to use my knowledge of People Analytics at the moment. However, this does not stop me from already paying attention to it during implementation and planning so that the introduction of People Analytics can be carried out smoothly.
As already mentioned, lifelong learning is a matter of course for me, which is why I continue to study on the weekends and learn the programming language R and expand my statistical and data analysis skills.
In the future, I would like to broaden and deepen my knowledge of People Analytics and all related areas. I will also explore and expand the possibilities to use People Analytics. At the same time, I would like to share my passion for this specific area with interested people and discuss possible areas of application.
Privately, I will pay more attention to the balance between leisure and further education, spend a little more time traveling, meet friends, and pursue other passions as further education.
Although I grew up in the beautiful Austrian capital Vienna, I was impressed by the different cultures, people and Dutch mentality during my master studies in Tilburg, which led to the desire to live and work abroad. If a job offer comes up in the Netherlands, chances are very good that I won’t be living in Vienna for much longer.