Meet Josh Armitt - BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management
Josh Armitt is a BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management graduate who now works as a Resource Consultant for a well known recruitment company, Oscar. We caught up with Josh to find out how his time at the University of Salford helped develop his career.
What was the highlight of your time at the University of Salford?
As clichéd as it sounds, my highlight was meeting the people that I did. I still have really good friendships with a lot of people on my course, long after graduating.
On the academic side of things, cross-qualifying with the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) was invaluable, because now I don’t have to do that while I’m working full time.
Did you get involved with any extracurricular activities?
I joined the Business Society, the Rugby Union Society and Salford Snow – a skiing and snowboarding society – in my first year. In second and third year I just stayed in Salford Snow, first as social secretary and then as president.
What are you doing now?
Recruitment is a key HR (human resources) process, and while agency recruitment is a little more sales focused, it’s still fundamentally to do with HR. Having the academic knowledge alongside my commercial experience from Salford Business School pretty much set me up to get a job in HR or recruitment.
I’m a Resourcing Consultant in an IT recruitment firm. My job is focused around two main areas: the first is finding candidates and placing them in the right jobs, and the second is generating new business for the company.
Day-to-day my role involves speaking to clients, networking and meeting potential new clients to find out about their staffing needs, budgets and current projects.
Would you recommend the University of Salford to potential students?
Absolutely. Tutors like Martin Walsh are just phenomenal. Martin is a member of the CIPD, he’s an ex-employment lawyer and that's exactly what you need to learn proper HR and why its relevant.
From an academic point-of-view, the Human Resource Management course is great because you cross qualify with CIPD, so you don’t have to study these qualifications later on down the line when you’re working full time.