Paula Barrett: Hays Success Story!

Paula Barrett

We recently sponsored Belmont School’s mixed hockey team and during the process we learnt that our Head of Retail, Paula Barrett, was an ex pupil of the School. Shortly after, Paula was invited to attend the schools yearly awards ceremony where she was presented with her own “Pride of Belmont” award and also had the opportunity to share her experience.

Her story is not the usual school, college, university journey. When she was 14 she made a commitment; to prove to everyone that you can be successful in anything you put your heart into. With an interest in travel, she got a job with Hays just two weeks after leaving school as a YTS, or what is known now as an apprentice. Her drive and willingness to learn quickly made her a valuable asset to her branch and in her early 20’s she was promoted to Manager.

Paula achieved all the goals she set for herself and once again received a promotion. She found herself going from leading one branch to becoming a Regional Sales Manager where she had to be responsible for 20 branches. Fast forward to today Paula is now looking after over 143 high street branches.

Paula’s advice to the students is something we can all take to heart: “Always keep learning and never be afraid to ask for help, but most importantly have fun and enjoy yourself!”

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