27/03/2020 - CareersFor the last 15 years, Fanny has recruited and supported our French, British and African employees at Vallourec and helped them develop their careers.
Tell us about your background.After a postgraduate degree and postgraduate vocational diploma in Human Resources and communication, I initially worked at Danone as an HR assistant in the factory and later at Arcelor in the field of recruitment and relations with educational establishments. It was in this field that I began working at Vallourec, fifteen years ago.
What does your work involve?Along with my team, I handle several very different areas! Here are a few examples to give you an idea:
According to you, what sort of qualities are needed in your job?Above all else, you need to display a keen interest in the human aspect! In human resources, you need a strong sense of curiosity. When recruiting, I love meeting people doing highly original jobs with unusual career backgrounds.
What do you like about working at Vallourec?I've always loved the possibility to work with people from very diverse backgrounds in terms of their jobs and nationalities. I'll shortly be managing a recruitment assignment in Africa. I can't wait to learn how the job market works in Africa!
Vallourec sees its men and women as human capital and not simply as pawns.Fanny de Corta Talent and Development Director
What advice do you have for women entering the labor market?Women are often unwilling to discuss their expectations when it comes to striking the right balance between their private lives and careers, as they are afraid of being judged. Sometimes, you just need to speak up about it! For example, a few years ago my manager used to organize a weekly meeting every Friday at 4:30 PM. This meeting would often go on for a long time. I was a young mom and I used to collect my kids from school on Friday. The meeting made me late and was therefore an added source of stress. One day, I asked my manager if we could move the meeting to another day. She simply replied: "Yes of course!".
Who are you outside of work?Much of my life is taken up by my three children! I also love reading. I recently finished a great book on Algeria and on the sense of being uprooted, L'art de perdre by Alice Zeniter. The book's heroine describes the life of her grandfather, a World War One veteran who sided with France during the Algerian war.
What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?Our VP Human Resources, once told me: "It's important to make sure your actions are visible". This is particularly good advice for me, as I tend to devote all my energy to doing things and not enough to showing what I do. It's important to highlight the contribution human resources make to the company.