Rachael Power – Progression: Navigating Your Coffee Career

All Barista Camp 'coffeetalks' - by speakers such as Rachael Power, Shaun Barber and Mette-Marie Hansen - were recorded by our media partner European Coffee Trip. We'll be releasing the videos of these talks over the next months so we keep fuelling discussion and building an inventory of knowledge. Don't hesitate to add your comments here, or on our Youtube channel.

At Barista Camp 2016 we invited an incredible line-up of speakers to join us for lectures and group tastings – a tried and tested formula for those afternoons at Camp where you want to engage with knowledge outside of the SCA Diploma System. The first in our #Dialogue releases comes from Rachael Power, Head of People at Taylor St Baristas, she certainly knows a thing or two about the career of a barista. Watch this talk for advice on career progression and a plan for making informed career choices through personal assessment.

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Rachael is passionate about supporting people to achieve their ambitions through continued growth and development and offers an HR perspective on succeeding in the world of specialty coffee.

Rachael has worked in specialty coffee for the last 3 years, currently as Head of People at Taylor St Baristas, one of London’s premier speciality coffee collections.  Prior to Taylor St, Rachael worked at Harris + Hoole.

In various positions, Rachael has been responsible for the end-to-end People function including the attraction and hiring of new staff, the creation of learning and development programmes, and cultural practices aimed at developing high-performing environments. Her work has been recognised for excellence by a number of external bodies, including The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers, Personnel Today and Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). 

Rachael’s education, training, and professional accreditation is in the field of Business and Human Resources (HR). She has nine years of experience working within the Retail and Hospitality industry, across a variety of businesses ranging from multinational corporation employing more than 500,000 people through to start-ups and small businesses employing less than 100 staff.

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