Inspiring No Wrong Path Stories

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It’s August, that nerve-racking time when students across Scotland and England await their exam results. Last year saw GCSE (England) and National 5 (Scotland) pass rates fall for the first time in decades. This shift in trend has caused many students to worry further about what their future holds.

Scottish students are up first, with SQA results day on Tuesday 6th August 2019. Results in England follow in subsequent weeks with A-Levels due on 15th August and GCSEs on 22nd August. 

Whilst students across the UK prepare for sleepless nights ahead, once again we are taking part in the #NoWrongPath campaign. At Search we want to show you that successful careers do not always follow a straight forward or conventional path. And we should know given we help hundreds of people every week find work or take the next step in their careers.

Hear from some of our own people from #TeamSearch who share their stories and highlight that there is #nowrongpath to achieving your goals and fulfilling your dreams.

Charlotte Battersby – HR Recruitment Consultant

After initially studying Law, and seeing her friend pursue a career in recruitment, Charlotte was drawn to the industry. She joined Search in 2017 as part of a trainee recruitment academy and now recruits HR professionals across Manchester. What’s more is that she’s loving it and just had her most successful quarter, smashing her targets.

 Here is what she had to say:

I’m very fulfilled in the career I have now, and can’t see myself changing paths. Finding candidates their dream job is certainly what I enjoy most about my role, and knowing that I’ve made a difference in someone’s life.

Chris Taylor – Construction

Although Chris once had an eye for IT and Marketing, he was drawn to recruitment by the excellent perks the industry has to offer, including excellent earning potential and opportunities for career progression. After joining Search 12 years ago, he has since progressed to the level of Senior Divisional Manager for Construction Recruitment in Liverpool.

Recruitment is a great industry to be in, and I’ve certainly enjoyed every minute of it. With great earning potential and career development opportunities, I can truly say that I’ve reaped the rewards.

Chris Pritchard – Healthcare

After pursuing Creative Writing and English, Chris decided to work in recruitment. After joining Search in 2011 as a Manager for Healthcare recruitment, he has since progressed to the role of Associate Director.

He says, 

Recruitment is as good an industry as any other, and just as important to society and the economy. Although your university contemporaries may see it as a ‘stop gap’ or somewhat lacking the value of  teaching, law or medicine,  it will teach you more skills, positively impact more lives and businesses and open more opportunities than anything else!

Lizzie Ride – Technology & Transformation

Although Lizzie initially pursued Sociology, she happened upon a recruitment consultant job advert and found the role matched her skills and interests. She has since joined Search’s Technology & Transformation team in Edinburgh, where she continues to shine in recruitment.

She says, 

Recruitment gives you the opportunity to use a lot of the skills you've learnt during your studies. The industry also gives you the opportunity to develop your skills and to experience working in a professional environment, which is really useful to experience straight after school, college or university.

 

Let Search help you find your next job

There are so many ways in which we can help students at this time of year.

If you’ve been waiting on your exam results to work out what happens next, we can help. Whether you’re looking for a permanent job to progress your career, or a temp job whilst you consider your longer term options, we’d love to hear from you.

Don’t worry if your work experience is limited, here we highlight jobs you can get with no experience.

Browse and apply for our jobs or contact us for some careers advice.

Finally, perhaps we’ve whetted your appetite about a career in recruitment? If that’s the case then join #TeamSearch