Degree and university: French and Spanish, University College London, 2001
Job title: Recruitment consultant and team leader, Angela Mortimer
What do you do in your job?
I joined Angela Mortimer’s graduate training scheme about five years ago. Since then, I have moved from temporary to permanent recruitment consultancy. I lead my own team and am responsible for mentoring my colleagues and helping them fill roles effectively.
What do you like about your job?
It’s very fast–paced and sometimes the variety still astounds me. I work with some great people and the environment is so dynamic. There is also, of course, the potential to earn a highly satisfying wage!
What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
The workload is heavy because the jobs that I manage are both huge in number and incredibly varied, so I have to rely a great deal on my own time management and sound planning. Plus, as a team leader I am responsible for overseeing the budget and reporting back to directors. It can be a lot like running my own business at times and, in that sense, I suppose it acts as a good apprenticeship if I ever wanted to do so.
In recruitment you are dealing with people not inanimate objects and so there is much more scope for being let down. When people don’t turn up, particularly candidates to interviews, it can be particularly frustrating.
Advice to readers considering a career in your field?
You have to be extremely motivated – especially at Angela Mortimer where there is absolutely no one telling you what to do. You have to have lots of drive and if you do it can be very rewarding, both financially and in terms of gaining business acumen.