Olivia Finlay, Human Resources Intern
Olivia is studying HR and Business Law as a joint honours degree at university while gaining experience as a Human Resources Intern at Star Refrigeration. She works 4 days a week during summer and 8 hours a week from home during term time. Having the flexibility to work from home allows her to easily balance her work with her full time studies.
What is your education background?
When I finished high school, I started studying at Strathclyde University – I study HR and Business Law as a joint honours degree and I should graduate in 2025.
How did you start working at Star? / What brought you to Star?
My best friend’s dad works at Star and he put me in touch with Human Resources. I did an interview and joined as an intern in the summer of 2021. Initially, I worked through the summer 4 days a week. When I joined University my hours changed to 8 hours a week, over 2 half days.
What benefits have you found from your intern placement?
Getting real-life experience and putting that into action in my studies has really benefitted me.
I produced a report for my management development programme on sustainability and I used Star Refrigeration as my subject – I interviewed Dave Pearson (Group Sustainable Development Director) on heat pumps for my report for that module.
What does your current role involve?
A lot of HR admin, which is super diverse and keeps me busy with lots of different things.
What do you enjoy most about what you have been working on, and what are the biggest challenges you face?
My favourite is recruitment – looking through the CVs and creating short lists for interviews.
No challenges, working here has been really good, everyone is really friendly and nice and communication has been great, the flexibility around my studies has been great.
How long have you been working for Star? What do you like about working for the company?
It will be year at the end of the month – I joined June 2021
All the staff are really friendly.
Having the flexibility to work from home especially during term time at university is a great benefit; it has allowed me to stay working throughout the full year not just summertime.
What type of role are you looking to develop into in future?
Would love to stay within HR or possibly marketing – move into the media or motor sport industry e.g. formula 1 with the engineering experience I’ve gained from Star.