Can you remember what you were doing back in the summer of 1989?
Ragdale’s Assistant Personnel Manager, Clair Homewood, can; she was 14 years old and started her first ever summer job here at Ragdale, which was behind the scenes in the kitchen, washing pots!
Clair wasn’t put off by the rigorous staff training, which consisted of Ragdale’s then chef ‘coaching’ her with the words “you need to go faster”, and she continued to work here as a kitchen porter at weekends.
After a short break to focus on her school work, Clair returned in 1991 and worked part-time in Ragdale’s bar areas while she was at college studying for secretarial qualifications. That means she’s now celebrating 25 years of officially working at Ragdale.
Clair went on to become a full-time trainee receptionist, then moved to an administration assistant role, before becoming an office manager, covering a colleague’s maternity leave.
That led to Clair moving into Ragdale’s Personnel team, where she found her niche and has been based since, developing further by studying for Human Resources qualifications at Loughborough College.
“I love what I do here at Ragdale,” Clair said. “I feel I’m at the right level and working in an area that I’m really suited to.”
Having experienced what it’s like to work in many of Ragdale’s varied roles, she feels she’s well-placed to advise people interested in working at Ragdale about what it’s like – and how you don’t know where the job might take you.
“I have been given lots of opportunities and it’s nice for me to be able to help other people progress here, like I’ve been able to”, she said.
In Clair’s years at Ragdale she’s seen many changes, including the expansion and improvement of the facilities, and the increase in the number of staff. Despite this she feels there is still a ‘family feel’ to Ragdale, adding: “You know everyone by name and feel you’re all working towards the same goal and we’re all contributing to something special. I can’t imagine working anywhere else.”
Interested in being part of the Ragdale team? Find out more here.