Welcome to Meet Our Geoquip, our regular blog series featuring employee insights from across Geoquip Marine. This regular feature is an opportunity for the many diverse voices working across our offshore and onshore teams to share their story, provide insights into their role in the company and offer advice to those looking to begin or continue their career in geotechnical engineering.
Today’s post features Wendy Wong, a HR Administrator working onshore at our Geoquip Marine office in Bristol UK. We would like to thank Wendy for taking the time to share her story with us.
Can you tell us about your role at Geoquip Marine?
I’m a HR Administrator and I support with all HR activities, including supporting with inductions and arranging and helping with interviews by inputting data into our HR database. One of the main duties I have involves our Taiwan-based operations, and includes working as a liaison and supporting with the recruitment Taiwanese staff.
What inspired you to follow a career path into the geotechnical engineering industry?
I’m new to UK and new to the industry. There isn’t really an industry like this one in Hong Kong, but it’s exciting to be part of it. Now, I’m constantly learning and exploring in new environments.
What do you enjoy most about your role as an HR Administrator?
I’m very accustomed to a HR role. I have over 20 years’ experience in human resources and administration fields in Hong Kong. However, the practice of HR is different in different countries and industries. Thankfully, there are many new experiences here at Geoquip Marine that enable me to explore and expand my skills.
What are the key skills or attributes you need to be successful in a role such as yours?
Be patient. I’m not a patient person myself, but a role like this one really needs patience. Working in HR has also taught me to be extra careful with my personal information, as well as being careful with how we handle sensitive information and personal details for our employees. It’s also important to learn to be neutral. HR is there to support everyone in the company, so you need to always remain calm and neutral.
What advice would you give someone who is considering a career with Geoquip Marine?
Geoquip Marine really is an amazing company. We are always expanding and we have good prospects for the future. If you’re looking for new career opportunities and advancement, Geoquip Marine is your best choice. It’s a great place to develop your skills and gain new experiences too.
Finally, do you have any hobbies or passions outside of your work? Please tell us about them
In recent years, my interest is dance. I have been taking lessons in Latin American Dance for 20 years, Classic Jazz for ten years and have been a dance volunteer for 12 years. Unfortunately, due to the COVID, all dance lessons stopped. I hope I can find suitable Latin American Dance lesson here in Bristol to join. Then, I can get back to happier days!
During my secondary school life, I was a school badminton team member. My first and the most important prize was to win in the Inter-School Badminton Competition and helped the school attain promotion to a higher division. I then joined several district badminton competitions and earned prizes. Sadly, most of them were thrown away by my sister after I moved to UK! I only have the photos and two medals left, but those were great times that fill me with pride.