Novi Roy is a Human Resources Consultant (HRC) working at Marathon Petroleum Company (MPC), a Fortune 50 company that is a leader in the Petrochemical Refining Industry. He is a passionate supporter of the Fighting Illini, and has received all 3 of his degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Novi has a B.A. in Economics; a M.B.A in Marketing; and a M.H.R.I.R or Masters of Industrial & Labor Relations. In addition, Novi is an ardent user of the latest in consumer technology and hopes to utilize the increasing use of social media and mobile devices in order to keep up with the ever-changing landscape in business. You can find Novi on Linkedin here.
1. Most job postings cite “X” years of relevant work experience and specific education criteria as requirements to be considered for the position. With this in mind, what prior work experiences and degrees/certifications/training helped prepare you for your current role?
My entrepreneurial endeavors and internships in the last couple of years have really helped me understand my current role as a HR Consultant. Plus, I guess you pick up a thing or two after going through 7 years of school!
1B. What (if any) additional knowledge or skills that you don’t currently have would make you even better at your job?
I am quite well-versed in business, financial, and HR acumen. I guess I could use a bit more know-how on the technical side of the petrochemical refining business.
2. Some jobs require the incumbent to be very analytical. Others require one to be a strong communicator, and others still require traits like patience, the ability to multitask, self-directedness, comfort with ambiguity, and exceptional attention to detail. Are there any behaviors and/or attributes that you would say are essential to performing the work that you do?
As a HR consultant, I support many teams such as procurement, accounting, operations, & engineering. I wear different metaphorical “hats” all day long as I deal with the various sides of my business, so above all, I think the ability to “think on your feet” and learn quickly are at a premium in my position.
3. Jobs guru Lou Adler says there are only 4 job types of jobs in the world (producers, improvers, builders, and thinkers). Which type of job are you in?
Currently, I’m an improver. However, as time passes and I gain the necessary experience, I will eventually migrate to being more of a builder.
4. How does what you do impact the business? Think complexity (different types of impacts) and scale (degree of impact). Put another way: Who and what would be impacted if your job wasn’t being done well, and why would it matter that they were impacted?
In my position, I akin my role as a HRC to that of a gardener. My job is twofold: to build and to maintain. First, I help build the company up by supplying it with fresh new talent. Then I help this new talent bloom by giving the right mix of opportunities and experiences. Lastly, I help them transition into their dream roles within the company and I repeat the process all over again.
6. Is your job safe? Rate its safety on a scale of 1-10 with 1 being “seated all day in an air conditioned vault” and 10 being “I’m an astronaut going into space”. If your job isn’t safe, what working conditions (specifically) make it hazardous?
My workplace scores within the top 5% of the safest places to work within the petroleum refining industry. I’m lucky to be with a company that takes its safety this seriously.
7. Is there anything I missed that people should know about your job? Is there anything else you want to say about what you do?
I think I’m one of the lucky people who actually looks forward to work every day! I have a great work environment and my company treats every one of its employees with tremendous dignity and respect. I just hope to keep on learning, growing, and improving as I go along my career.
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