Why Did I Choose Recruitment?
‘So, what do you want to do after finishing uni?’…
Although it was the most common question people used to ask me, it was the one that had me the most stumped… What did I want to do?
When I decided to take my degree in Psychology there was no end goal in sight. I just loved the subject and thought that the avenues it offered me to go down were endless. The tricky thing was deciding which one to take!
After attending many careers talks, considering further education and weighing up my options, I started to think about why it was I chose to do a Psychology degree in the first place… my passion for people! This may sound slightly weird, but I’ve always been curious about how we, as humans, work and what makes us tick. With this in the forefront of my mind, I started to explore which career path would be right for me to take.
Recruitment was a word thrown around a lot in the months leading up to graduation and was, because of the sometimes negative connotations associated with it, something I admittedly overlooked. It wasn’t until I saw one of my good friends thriving in the industry that I thought I would give it a second look and as the old saying goes… You should never judge a book by its cover!
After reading up about what recruitment was really about and discovering how well suited it was to my personal career prospects, the next thing I knew I had interviews lined up at three different agencies. However, this time, when it came to choosing which avenue to take, the choice was simple.
Better Placed Recruitment stood out as being somewhere I could combine my ‘passion for people’ and work ethic in one. At Better Placed their core value sits at the forefront of the whole company ethos. This is called ‘The Real Network’, where matching candidates and employers comes from not mass CV sending or checking the company website, but from taking time to delve into people’s real lives and going a step beyond face value (something I learned is key to finding the perfect match!). Alongside this, the like-minded, friendly and energetic people I met at my initial interview had me hooked.
And here I am… Fourth week and I’ve secured my first placement! As cliché as it sounds, the first month has been a roller-coaster ride of emotions and one of the biggest learning curves I have ever had to take. But, once you have been around it a few times over, you realise it wasn’t as scary as you thought after all. For now, I will leave you with three pieces of advice for all you recruiter newbies out there… Trust in your diary, trust in your candidates and trust in your ability!