Meet Julia Siemiatkowski, a Validere Talent & Culture Specialist, full-time student, and dachshund fanatic.

Meet Julia Siemiatkowski, a Talent & Culture Specialist at Validere. Julia has been working at the company for the past 10 months while at the same time, completing her studies at Athabasca University. We sat down with Julia to discuss her journey and experiences with the team. 

What attracted you to join Validere?

Ever since interning at a tech start-up, I loved the environment that came along with it. It was nothing like the big corporations where things move slower. I moved on to a few different start ups, all at different stages of their life cycle and happened to come across a posting that drew my attention in an HR Professional Slack group. I expressed interest and not long after, I was absorbed in the interview process where I instantly clicked with the Hiring Manager. What attracted me the most was the opportunity for advancement, which became a reality after only 3 months of joining Validere when I was promoted to Talent Specialist. I also appreciated the ability to contribute my ideas around implementing new processes and how versatile we were as a company. I was excited to hear that I could get my hands dirty and lead an implementation project from the get go and that I’d be able to learn new HR software and programs that I hadn’t utilized in past lives!

As a Talent & Culture Specialist, what does your day-to-day look like?

As a T&C Specialist, every day is different. That likely comes from the rate at which we’re growing, but more specifically, there are endless areas that need focus when you’re part of a small HR team. Most days are absorbed with full cycle recruitment for various departments (Data, Engineering, Marketing, Services, Sales) while getting prepared for incoming new hires through onboarding. Apart from hiring and onboarding, I find myself learning and contributing to various buckets including: performance and rewards, employee engagement, employee relations, legal frameworks, change management, and compensation and benefits. There’s so much to learn and being surrounded by fantastic mentors and leaders has made it easy for me to do just that.

What do you enjoy the most about working at Validere?

After seeing our company grow across the board over the last few quarters, I know this is somewhere I can test my skills, advance my knowledge in all areas of HR, and have plenty of learning opportunities along the way which I really appreciate. I realize that not only am I making an impact early on in my career, but my work is being recognized and I can contribute to the short and long term business goals. 

There are a ton of brilliant minds here that come from all sorts of backgrounds and skill sets that bring different perspectives to the table. It’s amazing being able to work and learn from a diverse group, some of which have been in the industry for years, and some who come from totally unrelated industries. The connecting factor is that everyone is easy going, kind, fair, and helpful. Creativity and innovation is always encouraged here and I’ve learned some super valuable skills and lessons from that.

It’s clear that Validere’s values are shown not only through our words, but most importantly through our actions and people, and that’s something I really admire about being a part of this family.

What are your next career steps?

My next career step is to educate myself to an advanced competency in all HR functions and work my way up to become a Talent and Culture Business Partner for the organization. I’d also like to get my CHRP designation on the side! 

What advice do you have for prospective Validerians?

The advice I’d give to a future Validerian who may be new to the industry would be to ask tons of questions! Take advantage of the articles and materials we give to you prior to starting as there’s lots of industry jargon that you can easily get lost in. Reach out to your peers as they will likely be an SME in some way or another! 

As a general tip, strive to reach a level where you can be most helpful. This is where you’re able to take initiative, use your best judgement and be self-sufficient, but where you’re also able to forgive your missteps.  

Any random facts you could share with us?

I’m a member of the Party Planning Committee at Validere where we meet monthly to plan our next social event! In the past year, we’ve hosted various virtual activities including: jeopardy, paint night, bingo, baby photo challenge, escape room, cocktail hour, jackbox games, etc. We work 24/7 to make sure you have the BEST birthday party ever.

Tamara Teofanovic