Friday, 23 August 2019
"What are your plans after University?"
A question every final year student will encounter at least a hundred times before they graduate.
Until around October this year, this question filled me with dread as I had no idea what I wanted to do and was fast approaching the end of my degree.
Although I loved my course, I didn’t want to continue my studies any further nor did I wish to pursue a career in psychology. Despite working in a range of jobs, I hadn’t done anything I could see myself doing long-term and so I began my job search with very little to go off. What I did know however, was that I wanted my job to be people-focused, dynamic and fast-paced.
Then I came across recruitment.
I hadn’t considered a career in recruitment prior to my job search and to begin with I had very little knowledge of what it involved.
After researching the industry, recruitment ticked all of my boxes. One of the things I loved most about university was that it challenged me, and I got to work independently the majority of the time. This was something I didn’t want to give up when I entered the world of work.
Once on your feet, you essentially run your own desk and have the autonomy to manage your own day-to-day tasks. This includes having conversations with a diverse range of individuals and learning how to work in your own style.
What appealed to me the most was the fact that as a consultant, you have the opportunity to make a real difference to someone’s life. By interacting and understanding candidates, you have the opportunity to chat with different people every day.
I personally think that job satisfaction is massively important, especially as we spend the majority of our time at work. Being able to help someone land a dream role is extremely rewarding in itself, and on top of that I am able to directly benefit from helping someone else.
Once deciding to pursue a career in recruitment, the next challenge was to find the right company for me, which was a lot harder than expected.
I was amazed at how varied recruitment agencies were. I interviewed at very large, corporate companies right down to ones consisting of no more than a handful of staff. Each had varying pros and cons as well as a long list of incentives. I found many companies to be quite cold and lacking much of a personal touch.
Wherever I chose to work, I knew that I didn’t want to be treated as just another number, nor did I want to treat my clients and candidates this way.
After many interviews, I finally found the right place for me at Biscuit! And I’m very excited for this new adventure.
Leaving the university “bubble” and entering the real world is daunting for most but there are definitely great opportunities out there. For any graduates wanting a challenging, fast-paced and rewarding job, I would urge them to consider a career in recruitment.
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