An International Perspective

9 Nov

I had never heard of the CIPD before moving to the UK. When I studied for my CIPD qualification, it had (of course) a major focus on the UK job market and on UK employment law. So when this year in the exhibition I kept on hearing Italian, I just had to find out if delegates had actually come from Italy for #CIPD14. Guess what? They had!

Amongst others, I met Chiara Colombo and Valentina Marini, two passionate individuals that work for GSO an Italian HR consultancy with a very strong social and modern approach. These two HR rising stars only had an exhibition pass, but their days were absolutely packed with things to do and content to hear. They could not believe quite how many free sessions there were and how much great content.

Chiara was instantly attracted to come to the #CIPD14 when she saw the partnership between IBM and Monster. She had never seen the social recruitment and technology come together on the HR field before and she is a big fan of both the sponsors. She also wanted to come to develop new contacts, meet new people and compare this to events in Italy.

It was Valentina’s second time at the conference and she had already heard of the CIPD as she moved to London for a short while to attend a course on ‘Performance Management & Reward’. She found it very insightful and she loved CIPD’s approach with learning. She was already sure that her second exhibition was not going to be disappointing; in fact she was even more impressed with the organisation of the event. Valentina and Chiara are both involved with organising and speaking at events around Social Media in HR, employee engagement and psychological capital, therefore they were impressed with all the visual branding not just from CIPD, but from the sponsors and the stands. The quick and innovative way to register and access the exhibition, the scanning of the code by the stands, the materials provided, the attention to details and the fact that you can already register for next years event, are some of the things have impressed these two Milanese HR practitioners.

What they found even more exciting was how even before the conference they managed to link up with some of the attendees via social media and then meet them at the event. They were pleasantly surprised by the willingness of so many delegates to have conversations and ultimately share their knowledge and experience with them. This is something that resonates with me. I remember the first time I attended the conference as a HR student, I was shocked by quite how many senior HR professionals were willing to share their tips and time with me. Had the conference been in Italy there would have been very little chance that a senior HRD would have approached me. Gosh, had the conference been in Italy there would not have been so much free content either. The approach is different and I suppose that back home good content and knowledge is still not quite accessible for everyone.

When I asked them the most important question of all they answered: ‘Of course we will come back next year and we will also make sure that we have the full conference and exhibition ticket! We are also bringing our teams with us as they have to try it out! This is not just a conference, it is an indescribable experience!

See you next year at #CIPD15

2014-11-06 17.31.00

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