From part-timer to HR V.P. — lessons along the road to the top

By Sharon Hooper
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/26/2002

Sharon Hooper started working in the Manitoba government’s personnel department as a part-time summer employee. Today she’s vice-president of human resources and corporate communications with Ceridian Canada Ltd., the Winnipeg-based payroll and HRMS provider. She offers Canadian HR Reporter’s readers lessons learned in more than 20 years in the field.

I have often been asked to discuss my career and describe the formula I used for moving progressively through the human resources profession to reach the level of vice-president.

While getting ahead in the profession was not ever prescriptive for me, I have certainly learned a few lessons along the way that may help others as they move through their careers in the HR field.