Hi everyone! Welcome to Week #3 of my new Gen Y Girl Career Series. Today, my friend Rowan is sharing some of her work experience with us… and it’s pretty awesome!
(Rowan’s from the UK, so feel free to read this entire post in a British accent! LOL)
What did you want to be when you were growing up and why?
I actually always assumed I would be famous! I can’t act, dance or sing particularly well.. I just assumed that I would be famous and would never have to worry about having a complicated career! I dreamed and still dream of being a psychologist. I am doing a psychology degree but this is mainly out of curiosity 🙂
What is your current job?
I currently work in recruitment, specifically digital marketing and ecommerce. After being the Office Manager for about 7 months, I changed roles to be in Business Development – this means that I find business for my company and I find people for the roles we have.
How did you land that position?
I mass applied for “Office” roles – I wasn’t fussy about what they were exactly – I was just desperate to be out of retail! I got an email straight back saying that they loved my CV but wanted me to do an Un-CV – this was a CV that showed them who I really was. I thought this was the most fun task I had ever had to do – I did this via pinterest – here it is! They loved that too and I got the job!
What does a typical day at work look like for you?
I get to work at about 8.40am and I browse through Linkedin for any relevant news and updates whilst I drink my tea. Then at 9am, I start finding potential jobs for my work and potential people for our vacancies. Basically, I have to call potential clients and basically sell our services to them. We are a really niche digital marketing recruitment agency so we can help with vacancies that companies are having real difficulties filling. I break for an hour at lunch – this is dedicated to eating and updating my blog! A typical day finishes at 5.30pm.
What do you love most about it?
I love that I am mainly my own boss – I do my own thing and I am in control of my work load.
What do you hate most about it?
My job is fairly unstable – if I don’t find the company work, I can loose my job. Finding the company work is not always easy – not only do I have to find the jobs, but I have to get other companies to want to work with us and be willing to pay our high fees. Also, I HATE sales – I never wanted to be in a sales position and I find myself making lots of salesy calls.
What’s the coolest thing that ever happened to you at work?
When I worked in a supermarket, I was a first aider, along with a few other colleagues – to cut a really long story short, an elderly gentleman had a heart attack in the car park whilst he was in his car, attempting to go home. I worked with my colleagues to save his life. Sadly, the man did die a week later in hospital, but what we did that day gave his family a chance to say goodbye.
I am now engaged to the other first aider that helped me 🙂
What strengths do you think are necessary for someone to be successful at this job?
In any job – it is a positive attitude. You CAN do anything and everything. There is nothing stopping you, but you!
What’s the best piece of advice you can give someone who’s looking to pursue this as a career?
If you want to work in recruitment – get ready for it. It is a whirlwind of fun, sales, rejection, knowledge and confusion! I have enjoyed it but I have also lost sleep over it.
I feel really passionately about this topic – at 25, I have changed careers twice and I am about to embark on a totally new career! I have always felt rushed to find the right career asap! I am starting to learn that there is no rush. Find the career that is right for you! This is key. From 16, I worked in retail – it was the easiest career path to have at this stage as I was trying to figure out what I wanted to study further. I ended up giving up my studies and continuing with a retail career! By 20, I was a manager and by 23, a deputy store manager. Honestly – I hated it. I got so wrapped up in my career that a change didn’t even occur to me! After a few months of working 80 hour weeks and hardly seeing anyone but my colleagues and customers, I decided to get my resume out there! I got a few call backs and a few interviews, but as I was already employed – I was fussy 🙂
In the UK, kids are expected to almost know what they want to do for the rest of their lives at 14 – when they are expected to choose what they want to study for the next two years of school. At 16 – you decide whether you want to go to “college” (not university, it’s like the last two years of high school). After that, you attend university. The pressure that kids must feel to know what they want to do is unbearable. For me, it was easier to abandon my education and get straight into finding a career.
You need to remember that YOU are the most important person to please. If your parents want you to be a doctor and you want to be a journalist – you need to listen to your heart. The best career for you might be stacking shelves at your local supermarket or a brain surgeon. As long as YOU are happy doing it – it’s the best career for you.
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