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John Holland

  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

Phoenix (Yuntong) Zheng

The coolest thing about my job is that there is constant overlap within my function, and I get to work together with my team on varying issues that arise.

What's your job about?

John Holland is an international construction company. I am a Human Resources Graduate and currently working in National Advisory Services-Employee Relations team.

Our team is looking after basic enquires of employee’s rights (eg. leaves, contracts), terminations, investigations, redundancies and organizational structure changes. The other area that we just recently be involved is recruitment supporting. I am assisting in all those areas and responsible for independent contractor’s engagement.

The interesting part in my daily works is that I have chances to speak to different people in workplace and the ways to communicate with them depends on their personalities, positions, expectations, etc. Also, we have excellent investigators and lawyers in the team. Discussions and sharing knowledge promote good outcomes and for me I have opportunities to ask questions and gain knowledge from the experts in different employee relations areas.

What's your background?

I grew up in Shanghai, China and moved to Australia in 2013.

I was studying in the U.S. for a year as an exchange student, which was my first time living and studying abroad. Working in John Holland is another important stage for me, as I was getting to understand myself better, my working styles, potential career plans that I wanted to explore and areas of improvements.

I was always interested in Human Resources and therefore completed a HR degree at Uni. The Graduate Program consisted of rotations which gave me the opportunities to work across different HR functions in the differing business units from a HR Generalist role in the NSW/ACT region, to Training and Industrial Relations on our WestConnex project, and currently in Employee Relations within John Holland’s People and Culture team. I joined John Holland in 2015, and in fact this year is my second-year anniversary with John Holland!

My family migrated from Northern China to Shanghai when I was six. It was hard for us to adopt at beginning because of the dialects, weather and culture. But now all the differences have melted away and have become a part of me.  I feel that in my daily work and life I tend to value and respect the differences.

Could someone with a different background do your job?

We have had a Human Resources Graduate with a Marketing Degree or International Studies degree, but in most cases Human Resources Degree or relevant work experience is preferable. You need to have a keen interest in the different aspects of Human Resources and ensure that you stay up to date with current practices and policies.

What's the coolest thing about your job?

The coolest thing about my job is that there is constant overlap within my function, and I get to work together with my team on varying issues that arise. We are also from different cultures and backgrounds which contributes to the team dynamic, outside of this we are good friends and constantly catch up outside of work.

What are the limitations of your job?

ER/HR law skills and knowledge are accumulated not only through studying case laws but also through experience. It has been a little bit challenging for me to conduct investigations myself as all matters are confidential and sensitive. John Holland is great at promoting training for its employees, and I have attended various training opportunities; even just sitting in the conversations I have been learning a lot.

3 pieces of advice for yourself when you were a student...

  • Spend time to gain any type of work experience when you are at Uni, you will be able to learn invaluable skills that will be transferable to your next role!
  • Think about organizational/team culture before accepting a job, eg. learning environment, work ethics, diversity, work-life balance. Research the company to find out a bit more information so you know what you are getting into.
  • Look after your own health and wellbeing, this is the foundation for everything in your life.