Natasha Coombes, 23
Degree: Business Studies, Roehampton University of Surrey
Employer: Pareto Law
Job Role: Senior graduate account manager
"I first came across Pareto Law at a graduate fair in Manchester. I wanted to take a job in sales and Pareto is a UK recruitment company specialising in placing and training graduates for high-profile sales and marketing jobs.
My mother is in sales and I thought that it would suit my personality, which is quite bubbly. But when I came for the interview with the founders of the company, Jonathan and Andy, I realised that there would be role for me in the organisation itself. I started off as a trainee account manager generating new leads by cold calling and recruiting graduates on assessment centres. But I didn’t particularly like the cold calling aspect of the job. I was able to raise my concerns and in response they started a new role for me, which was focused on running the assessment days and resourcing graduate roles.
As part of my university course I’d had a placement with a big employer. Having worked with a big company and a small employer I definitely prefer working for a smaller organisation. There is a real team environment and everyone has to multi-task, no-one really sticks to their job description.
You pick up a lot of skills as you go along but, as a training company, we are easily able to book ourselves on to training courses. I think people are a bit more entrepreneurial in a small business. If you want to be wrapped in cotton wool then a smaller organisation probably isn’t for you. You need to be really ambitious and driven to put across your ideas and see them through to the end. The best thing about the job is that it’s so varied and the work environment is brilliant."