Mine was the usual sales ‘move up’ story. I worked at Thomas Cook a long time ago, then as an estate agent for two and a half years and I came home one day and didn’t want that job any more as it wasn’t making me happy. I decided to make a career change and become a recruiter.
My next door neighbour at the time owned their own recruitment company and my friend was already a recruiter and said I should give it a go. I only really listened when my stepdad said I should go for it as well. So I stopped procrastinating and made the move – I’m glad I did.
My first recruitment job was in the Cyber Security field. I had a manager who taught me everything they knew about it and I found it really interesting as there’s so many different levels to it. It’s one of those markets that effects everyone; security breaches are happening more frequently, especially since we have been working from home, so the industry will only grow over time. I also found that people in Cyber Security love to talk about what they do so there is always more to learn. My manager at the time decided to leave that company and I followed. But within seven months, I knew that I wasn’t in the right place – that’s when I found Client Server.
I’ve been here for nearly two and a half years and, honestly, the time has gone so quickly. I was petrified coming in and being the new girl in a male dominated industry. But it wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be and I guess that’s down to the people I work with.
Since being at Client Server, a number of things have happened and I’ve tried to not let it overwhelm me. I get stressed over the littlest things and so many times I could’ve given up, but I have an amazing team and Chris is an amazing manager. He fights for everyone in his team and it shows as I’m still surrounded by the same people since I started. I’ve said it since I started, and I will say it again, I couldn’t work for another recruitment company as Client Server is by far the best set up. I don’t think there is anything better out there.
Being happy in your job is one of the biggest things in life and that’s why I love recruitment. It even helped me achieve my goal of becoming a home owner! As a consultant, we get to change people’s lives and even if we can’t place them on that occasion, I know that I will try my hardest to give then advice on how to get where they want to be – you never know where they might be in a few years. That’s why it’s so important for me to continue developing my knowledge. When I tell people that I work in Cyber Security, everyone is shocked, but it’s all I know. I want to be known for being an expert in Cyber Security rather than climbing the ladder, but if it came with it I would embrace that as well.
I know our security market presence is quite small at the moment but I hope that we can become a more established department within the market and expand our knowledge. Jamie just joined our team and already has a few years behind her so it will be interesting to see what we can do.