ONE YEAR OF BEING A GRADUATE CONSULTANT: WHAT I'VE LEARNT

16 May 2018

Like many, I think the overly cliché phrase of ‘I didn’t know what to do when I grew up’ was very applicable when I graduated university. I had always been told I was a people person and would do well in a role that was sociable and varied - one that kept me on my toes!

I came across the JFL website when job searching, and not only did I think the roles they were advertising for looked fun, but the team stood out as being friendly and approachable too. I sent over my CV, and after 2 interviews and a very inspiring blog, I had the job!

I wasn’t sure what to expect from my first graduate job, but after a year or so at JFL, here are some key things I have learnt…

1)      Time Management

It’s important to split your time into sections each day to make sure you are able to achieve everything on your to-do list. For me, these most likely include responding to emails from clients and candidates, briefing candidates on new roles, organising and prepping their interviews, giving helpful feedback, contacting clients to make sure we are up-to-date on their recruitment needs, creating job adverts and fun Canva ads and a bit of business development! In recruitment, every day is different, so prioritising what I need to do first is key – sadly scrolling through Instagram doesn’t tend to feature on the list!

2)      People Skills

Despite ‘people skills’ being a very over-used term, they are such a fundamental part of my role, and although I already felt comfortable talking to people, I’ve learnt so much over the past year! I have gained a lot of confidence from discussing industry and market trends at client meetings and from interviewing candidates one-on-one. Meeting all our clients and candidates in person is so important to us – it’s crucial to be more than just a name at the end of an email!

3)      The Importance of a Good Cultural Fit

A fun working culture is something that I hadn’t put much thought into when applying for jobs, but with work being more than just a 9-5, it is so important to find a place you feel inspired and happy – and having Friday drinks at JFL are always a plus! Interestingly, our recent Salary Survey found that a company’s ethos and values ranked nearly as important as salary for candidates considering a new role. Hence, you need to find a job that suits you rather than just taking a job because it’s the first or the highest paying.  

 

I think the 1st year of a job post university can be many things; fun, challenging and a time to learn as much as you possibly can. Take advice from your colleagues, soak up as much information as possible and don’t be afraid to ask questions (no matter how silly they sound in your head). It’s helpful to remember that all of your senior colleagues were once graduates and once asked the same questions you did.

If, like me, you’re not sure which direction to take your career but love chatting to new people and want to work in a sociable environment, JFL are always on the lookout for new recruits, so get in touch! Drop us an email info@jflrecruit.com or give us a call on 020 7009 3500.