Unpopular Opinion: 2020 Was Good to Me
...a conversation with Christy Dvoracek, Director, Talent
Today we shine the Support Centre Spotlight on Christy Dvoracek, Director, Talent, who talks with us about the qualities she values and tries to embody, including her zest for life, drive, and sense of humour. She also explains how, all things being equal, 2020 has been good to her.
Tell me about your background – how long have you been with dentalcorp and what were you doing before you joined?
Before joining dentalcorp I led the Talent division at a sports marketing agency based in Toronto. Prior to that my education and previous work experience had been in healthcare. I was interested in exploring opportunities that would tie my passion for healthcare back into my career. Naturally, I was really drawn to dentalcorp. I started in the Talent Acquisition Specialist role, supporting recruitment across the GTA, in 2017. I then moved into a Talent Management role developing processes & procedures to better support our function. I have since moved into the role of Director of Talent, overseeing a team of 15 Talent Acquisition Specialists, and managing the recruitment needs of over 425 Practices nationwide. I’m looking forward to celebrating my 4-year anniversary in the spring.
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
I have always wanted to be in the healthcare space. I graduated as a Registered Practical Nurse and worked full time in hospitals while working in recruitment roles part-time. I knew I wanted to move away from shift work and find a career that combined my two passions of healthcare and helping people find their dream job.
Can you tell me a bit about your role on the team? What does a typical day look like?
There really is no typical day, which is one of the many reasons I love what I do. We are constantly looking for innovative ways to connect with top talent in the industry to provide our Partners and Practices with the best recruitment experience. We achieve this through campus partnerships, industry events, leveraging our internal workforce and creating a positive workspace to which team members are compelled to refer other great clinicians, to name a few. We also assist with the creation of recruitment workflows and efficiencies within our network, to alleviate the administrative work required at the Practice level, allowing Practice leaders to focus on providing great patient care.
Tell me about an experience you've had that's really made an impact?
I lost my father suddenly a few years ago and it still impacts me today. My dad was full of life, drive and humour, which are qualities I aim to embody as I take on life without him. It allows me to look at life differently, be thankful for all that’s behind me and seek out opportunities with everything in front of me.
What are your aspirations for personal and professional growth? Do you have a 5 year plan?
This year was a big year of growth for me both personally and professionally. My husband and I celebrated our first year of marriage, we bought and renovated our first home, got a new puppy and are expecting our first child this January. Professionally I was challenged with managing a large team remotely, launching department platforms, incentive programs and continuing to support our Practices during these challenging times. Unpopular opinion: I am very thankful for 2020. I don’t have a 5-year plan however I plan to enjoy this next year navigating motherhood and spending time with my family.
What advice do you have for new team members joining dentalcorp’s Support Centre?
Absorb all the knowledge you can. Ask questions, join webinars and network internally to understand the cross-functional goals and projects. Doing so will provide you with a better understanding of our overall organizational objectives, and of how your experience and skillset can help to achieve these goals. It will also open ample opportunities for individual growth.