Deciding what you want to do and knowing how to achieve it
Deciding what I wanted to do: Leaving university and thinking about this, I discovered I didn’t know what I would really enjoy doing. I had a degree in Business and HR Management. I enjoyed the HR, marketing, finance and economics aspects of the degree, but had little commercial experience.
This self-reflection led me to decide I needed some commercial and business experience, and with a market place flooded with entry level vacancies for ‘Recruitment Consultants’ I started to pursue these roles.
As a recruitment consultant I spent all day resourcing job vacancies – essentially advertising job roles, sifting applications, searching the companies’ candidate database and telephone interviewing potential candidates. The role taught me two things:
- I grasped the commercials very quickly – revenue values, how much business I needed to generate to cover my salary, profit margins, how much revenue I had to generate to get a bonus, and when to stop working on a vacancy because the likelihood of filling the role, coupled with the revenue to time ratio, made it low value.
- I realised I needed more variety – I have a short attention span which benefits me when juggling multiple projects or tasks, but when in a job role with only three real tasks to execute, and only one real objective – to fill the job role – I struggled to remain focused, interested and motivated.
My first job was never going to be my job for life
My first job was never going to be my job for life, or even a focus for my long term career, however what it did give me was a commercial understanding which has stayed with me ever since, together with a clear idea as to what I liked and disliked doing and what I was good and not so good at; Experiences like this are essential spring boards into your next job role and, although frustrating at the time, I still apply some of the learnings I attained from this role today.
Before leaving this role I was clear that I wanted to move into HR and use more of my degree. I wanted to work in a varied role and I wanted to progress quickly. I was hungry, impatient and ambitious. None of these are bad things, as long as you are also realistic and willing to put the work in.