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#SAVILLIAN - A day in the life: A day of Training Manager

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It might sound a bit of a cliché but in my role as a Training Manager, no day is the same

🕕  7:00 – 8:30 

I have to admit I am not a morning person but I like be prepared for the day. Therefore, the first thing I do after waking up is check my emails. Whilst getting ready, I put on some upbeat music to get myself into a good mood for the day ahead. I arrive at the office around 8.15, make myself a cup of tea then reply to emails I’ve previously checked and see where things were left off yesterday. I complete these tasks first and then jot down a to-do list for the remainder of the day. I conducted a Time Management training last week for our colleagues so there is no excuse for not practicing those skills in my daily worklife.

🕓  8:30 – 12:00 

It might sound a bit of a cliché but in my role, no day is the same. I can spend my whole morning conducting training on different topics. I particularly like the induction program. It is nice to meet and get to know the newcomers, and I find it real privilege to be one of the first few people they interact with, and tell them all about Savills.

When there is no training, I normally have brainstorm session with my team. It’s actually the time that the whole team looks forward too because we all have many ideas to share. Each month, I’ll pick some key topics for training and circulate relevant sources to the team to research prior to the brainstorm. We’ll sit in the meeting room for a good hour or two, narrow down ideas, plan outlines and supporting activities for the chosen topic. We are currently working on Presentation skills, so we watch and analyze video of good presenters in the meeting. Our director, Matthew Powell is a great contributor to these sessions as he’ll sometimes walk by, see that we’re working on a new topic and then return half an hour later with a relevant book. After setting the outline for a topic and assigning tasks to the team, I will get back to my work at 11. It can be anything from reviewing content that the team has produced, making a training plan for work experience students to contacting external agencies to deliver training that we are unable to conduct in-house.

🕕  12:00 – 13:00 

If it’s a day that we have a Lunch and Learn, I’ll take care of the logistics: making sure all people involved are informed, room and equipment are ready, as well as the food! I think Lunch and Learn is such a brilliant idea: enjoying lunch, socializing with colleagues whilst taking in valuable information and knowledge. On other days, I tend to have lunch in the pantry, as it’s a good chance to catch up with colleagues from other departments. Sometimes we even play a board game after lunch.

At 1PM, I’ll have another cup of tea to help myself awake. If I have training in the afternoon, I’ll go over the presentation and make sure all the necessary preparation is done.

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🕕  13:00 – 5:00 

Training is more than just presentations. To ensure that people are engaged a session can include activities such as discussion, role-play and games. It requires a high level of energy from the trainer but that definitely ensures that the job is never boring. If the afternoon is quiet with no training, I’ll sit in meeting with other departments or organizations that Savills is partnering up with like Blue Dragon to listen to their training needs and work together on building content for certain programs. I’ve been working in training for a few years but this is my first time working in the Real Estate industry so I’m very eager to learn more about the business.

Thankfully, the colleagues around me are very knowledgeable and always willing to share. That’s one of the things I love about working at Savills.

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🕓  5:00 – 6:00 

After all the important tasks are tended to at 5.30, I can use the last half an hour to read more about a topic or making items for training activities. Playing with scissors, papers, glues and crayons may look silly to people outside our team, but for us it’s also part of the job. To wrap up the day, I write down what need to be followed up the day after and also remind the team.

I leave the office at 6PM and go for my dance class. A healthy body definitely leads to a healthy mind and a more productive day.

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