In the latest instalment of our Covid-19 webinars, IOSH investigated the importance of community, volunteering and ways to build your profile within the OSH profession as the world continues to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.
The webinar, hosted by IOSH President-Elect James Quinn, gave delegates insights and advice from Ria Sooknarine of UNIPET, Trinidad, who volunteers as a committee member for both IOSH Caribbean Branch and the Logistics and Retail Group, and Josh Huggins, Director of specialist OSH recruiter Principal People and a Founding Trustee of Safety4Good.
In his opening address as host, IOSH President-Elect, James Quinn set the stage for the webinar, promising to draw on his own experiences to help delegates make informed decisions about their future career development.
James highlighted the vital role IOSH has played in his transition to an OSH career after leaving the Army. With other panellists, he focused on how behavioural competencies gained through experiences in other fields can be more attractive to employers than some technical competencies.
“I will draw on my how my knowledge and health and safety training from the Army built a bridge to my OSH career and introduced me to IOSH,” he said. “I’ll be very clear with you: without IOSH I wouldn’t be sitting here now, talking to you as President-Elect.”
In learning from panellists’ personal accounts, delegates received expert advice on maximising prospects and career development spanning sectors and career stages. This spanned several national and international perspectives, as well as sectors including the armed forces, construction, retail, and logistics and specialist recruitment.
Attendees also took part in a panel Q&A, asking their questions about employment as the world moves further towards the recovery stage.
You can access the full recordings of IOSH Covid-19 webinars, including our latest one with accompanying presentations designed to help delegates learn how demonstrating their competencies through volunteering can enhance their professional career development and contribute to a safer, healthier world of work.