A question I ask regularly but a question that I’m also asked on a weekly basis by my peers, parents and interviewees. So, where to start?
As a child I don’t recollect anyone saying, “I want to be a recruitment consultant when I grow up.” However, here I am 20 odd years later and both my brother and I, as well as several friends, all working in the recruitment industry.
When I came out of university I had no idea of what I wanted to do, potentially I thought writing or media work, it linked to my English and Politics degree and I liked flicking through celebrity magazines, how deluded was I?! Unfortunately after pursuing this further in the form of a Postgraduate degree I realised I was money hungry and couldn’t see myself living off a writer’s wage.
I had a good think about what I wanted to do, I’d never really considered myself ‘salesy’ and even to this day, I wouldn’t say that I fit the conventional sales breed, Wolf of Wall Street type (you know the kind I mean). What I did realise about myself, and my friends will back me up on this, is that I have an elephant’s memory and retain even the most useless information without realising. I’m extremely nosey, always listening in to conversations and getting the most information that I can.
I knew after my Postgraduate that I was fiercely ambitious, desperate to earn money and willing to learn. I’d heard from a couple of friends that recruitment was a career where you could earn a lot more money than other graduate roles (I was never going to be an investment banker) and I was sold!
I liked the idea of clear career progression and structured training which is something that good recruitment companies offer.
Firstly, I absolutely love recruitment. I love meeting new people, I enjoy finding out peoples’ quirks and I’ve not been disappointed by the amount of opportunities available once you enter this career path. Admittedly I’ve made a couple of bad moves, but for the most part, I’ve had (and continue to have) a fantastic time.
I’ve made some of my best friends at work, it is such a sociable industry to work in. I’ve enjoyed many perks such as days at the races, overnight hotel stops and meals out. I’ve established which aspects of the job I enjoy the most and been able to channel these into a role where these are my primary responsibilities.
If you’re even curious to dip your toe into the world of recruitment, I guarantee it will be an experience you never forget.