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Consultants Blog ... What advice would you give your younger self?

Do you ever wish you could go back and give advice to your younger self? Give him/her some perspective, help them avoid the mistakes you now regret, somehow assure them that they would be okay?

We asked our Consultants "What advice would you give your younger self?" and we had a range of responses.  Read our Consultants answers, you might feel the same as them or maybe the advice may even help you make some life changing decisions right now!

My advice would be that while doing your degree at University, sign on at a Recruitment agency and Temp from the age of 18 onwards. This will help you to gain work related experience while studying, therefore giving you an advantage in getting a permanent role longer term.

I left school at 18 and already had a job to go to. If I hadn’t, I would now tell myself to take whatever opportunities I could get my hands on to build up experience. That could be part time or temping if full time permanent work wasn’t available. I’d say be patient but work hard and go out of your way to impress your employer (turn up early, be reliable, be flexible, be presentable, be professional). If you haven’t got the minimum required experience for a particular role, then don’t apply - focus only on those for which you do meet the requirements. Finally, better money will come with better experience once you have proved you’re capable.

I would recommend that people look at travelling, to gain some life experience. It will help you become more independent, mature individual much quicker. It will also allow you the chance to meet some new people away from the circle of friends that you grew up with - giving you those ever important and essential people skills needed for working in a busy work environment.

My piece of advice would be to remain positive and always be proactive-
When I graduated the recession had hit and it could have been very easy to get down and become negative. However I remained positive and actively sought work in areas I had originally not considered. This led me to walking into the offices of Hewett Recruitment in Kidderminster, later leading to my career in Recruitment. If I hadn’t of been proactive who knows where my career would have led- you have to be in it to win it.

I think if I could turn back time, I would tell my younger self to listen and pay more attention! I definitely had the attention span of a Knat! Learn as much as you can, when you can! This will help you increase your knowledge of the job and working life.

Advice to my younger self……..
Kate……the choices we make when we are younger can be changed. We should not feel that the start of our career path has to be where we will end up and exciting opportunities should always be embraced along the way. Take a risk and never have any regrets……life is too short!
Kate Turnbull – Drama Teacher / Overseas Casting Manager / Senior Recruitment Consultant!

My advice would be to join a company with similar values to your own. As you spend so much time at work, it’s really important that you can feel fully committed to what the company does and how they operate. This will make you feel much more motivated and happy in your job.

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