I would have to pick the day I got promoted to my first management job in recruitment, back in 2005.
I had only been in my job for about 18 months and an opportunity came up to go and run a new office in Scotland. Applications were invited from Managers but none came through. The business had a policy of only promoting from within, so they were a bit stuck.
Then an email came through, asking if there were any Consultants who fancied having a go. Me being adventurous and a little naïve, put my hand up and went for the interview.
I had come to think that where I was living at the time (Derby as it happens, where I now live again via Scotland and Berkshire), was feeling a little stale, and that perhaps a change of scenery would do me good. After all, what’s the worst thing that could happen?
I also knew for sure that I needed to become a Manager, and fast. Leading a team was the way to get more responsibility, learn new skills and earn management bonuses. I knew I wanted to progress from being a Recruitment Consultant and this was the natural next step.
I spent the next week cramming all of the management models and processes that were contained in The Manual. Given to all new recruits on day 1, we were expected to learn The Manual from cover to cover, and I thought I should polish my skills in case I was tested in the interview. Maslow, Herzberg, learning styles, the problem solving cycle – they are all ingrained in my brain to this day!
The interview was quite tough, because that was how the company did things. I was expected to ask for the job at the end, which I did, and I was reasonably happy with my performance afterwards.
Thinking that I might as well throw my hat into the ring and give it a go, I did not expect to be given the job. I thought it would be a good way to let senior management know I was up for promotion and to show them I was plucky by applying.
When I got the call to say I was successful I was over the moon!
Looking back, this was a real career-defining moment for me. Taking that first step into management, moving to Glasgow, setting out on my own course and challenging myself in so many ways was the right thing for me. I even met my husband too when I moved to Glasgow!
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