BSc Zoology (1979)
Current job title: Owner of a Recruitment Agency
What does your job entail?
I am currently the Managing Director of Property Personnel, a specialist recruitment consultancy to the property industry. I started the company 25 years ago and I am still very much 'hands on' in the business, matching candidates and employers, working with many of the best companies in the industry. I love recruitment, especially as it is very much a people business, and I still get a great buzz from placing candidates in their ideal role, or helping clients find quality employees.
How has your degree at Royal Holloway helped you progress your career?
Whilst Zoology to Recruitment would not be an obvious route (bar perhaps my Animal Behaviour course unit!), indirectly, my degree did help me get to where I am today. When I graduated, I used my degree to get a role working in sales for a pharmaceutical company. I spent nearly 10 years at this company and learned a great deal about managing, training and recruiting people, and believe this set me in good stead to start up Property Personnel.
Do you have any advice for current students?
The job market is a competitive place. Thousands upon thousands of people are vying for vacancies every single day. However, what differentiates successful candidates from the unsuccessful isn't always simply the skills and qualifications listed on that CV; the way that an individual conducts themselves throughout the recruitment process also counts for a lot. This might sound like a totally irrelevant consideration when the country is bemoaning skills shortages, but the fact remains that professionalism and personality are equally still as important as experience. Consequently, knowing how to sell yourself to potential recruiters and employers is essential for improving your job prospects.
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