University of Leicester
Bachelor of Law (LLB)
Where are you from originally?
What drew you towards a career in recruitment?
Most predominantly is the progression. I like the idea that in only two years you could be so much further in your career than other professions at the same time. I was also looking at graduate schemes and thought recruitment in general offered the most money and offered the training I would need to succeed in a new profession straight out of university
What first attracted you to James Andrews?
Definitely the team aspect – a lot of the recruitment firms I was looking into were a lot more independent. Although through most of my studies I had to do a lot of independent studying, and was quite happy to do so, I thought it would be nice to have the support that a team environment gives you. Progression seems to be at the forefront of everyone’s minds here at James Andrews. I especially liked the training manuals I was shown during the first interview, as it made it clear how I would be trained and emphasised James Andrews enthusiasm towards training new consultants
Why did you decide to seek a graduate role in Leicester?
Decided on Leicester because that’s where I went to University and I’ve settled in the city
Favourite thing about working here so far?
So far, definitely the people. Everyone has been so welcoming and have helped me massively to settle in. When completing the first week training all the different people involved in that training have been amazing, nothing was too much for them (even when noticeably really busy!). Also, I’ve been very impressed with how knowledgeable everyone is, whether people have been here five years or 10 months, they have all had the answers to my questions. This has really set me at ease and reassured me that nothing should be too daunting and after I have completed the training everything should be like second nature, even if some aspects don’t make a lot of sense now
What has surprised you most about being a Recruitment Consultant?
The team work. Although during the whole process it was made clear to me that James Andrews works as a team, it has been a surprise how hard everyone works for each other here. It is really refreshing to see a work place where everyone is not out for themselves. The biggest surprise in terms of the actual work has been how often the candidates do not go into work or turn up to interviews! The attention that has to be paid to this aspect I did not expect. It has been very interesting to see how everyone has dealt with this situation differently, which will help me in the future
What have you enjoyed most so far about your day-to-day work or training?
The sense that I am being eased in. Everyone here knows how intense this job is, so they are all keen to make sure I’m aware of all the basics before being thrown in the deep end and becoming overwhelmed. Although, personally I feel like I could have done more and learnt more the first week, I’ve enjoyed that everyone’s attitude here is that there is no rush for me to get fully involved in the day to day of recruitment and its best to slowly learn the systems and process. I’ve also enjoyed seeing how busy everyone is here. I would not have liked to go into a profession where most of the day is made up of not doing a lot, the fast paced nature of the industry is much more exciting