By Leanora Karnath and Morgan O’Reilly
Photo by the authors
Students of FUA’s Human Resource Management course had the opportunity to learn from Lamborghini’s HR Business Partner Chiara Conti. She offered information about the company’s internal HR operations and offered advice to future job candidates. She spoke about company values and exciting new projects, employment statistics, and descriptions of Human Resource initiatives she helped execute. Her lecture was very applicable to a course that focuses on how HR functions in contemporary organizations and aims to connect learning to international corporations. Following the company overview, she was kind enough to provide some insight through her own experience in the field.
Conti’s educational background
Conti graduated from college with a degree in psychology with the intent of becoming a clinical psychologist. Upon realizing that this field did not suit her, she decided to use her “point of strength of relating, interacting, and listening” to begin a career in HR management.
Her position relating to Lamborghini’s focus on inspiration, creativity, and success orientation
On the company website, one recurring quote is founder Ferruccio Lamborghini’s “the Lamborghini story is told rapidly. The others weren’t good enough.” On top of their value for progressive innovation, the company values competency, creativity, and inspiration, among other things. In the Human Resource sector, Conti explains that it is important “to create an environment where people can freely express themselves without fear of making mistakes.” She applies the company’s innovative dynamic by “always creating the smoothest, easiest, and newest way to do things.” She also pays attention to external companies in order to proactively invest in inventive training methodologies.
A typical day in Lamborghini’s Human Resource Department
Conti’s days at work are always busy, but she explains that “there really are no typical days.” She interacts with different managers and directors within Lamborghini based on her alternating tasks. Conti remarks, “It’s the best job because it allows me to fulfil different activities everyday.” This career diversity also allows Conti to see the results of her work in the short term, a value pertinent to her personal career preferences.
Advice for graduates entering the career search
Conti emphasized the importance of communicating to the recruiter “the motivation you have in your personal career.” She adds, “Even if you are not the best candidate, if I have a person that is very motivated, that can be enough.” She adds the fact that “if you want to be hired by a company, come prepared. Don’t wait for the recruiter to explain it to you.” As someone who switched career goals after college, she emphasized that “to find passion in work is one of the treasures in life.” This passion can only be found if you “know yourself enough to know what you want to do” and to approach your career with curiosity and ambition.