For many graduates, the very first company which they work in will create a subsequent standard. An expectation of the journey they’re embarking on within that given area. Essentially, graduate programmes are created with this at the forefront. The most successful programmes, offering structured training, mentoring and the opportunity to take on responsibility. Creating a space to facilitate the growth of skills and abilities. As well as providing that chance to climb the ladder.
If you had asked me whether I’d be working in recruitment and HR a few years ago I would have probably said “No”. My degree choice was not based upon some elaborate and strategic 5-year plan, like most, I didn’t have a clue as to where I wanted to be. My decision was based upon my keen interest of the mind and the person. And I guess as a naive undergraduate Psychology student I always thought it was down a linear path I was heading, the classic counselling route I was destined for. This was most definitely not the case! Upon graduating I completed my Masters in Work and Organisational Psychology, as I wanted to get into the business world, more centred on people, business culture, values and development rather than just straight business. Therefore, while completing my masters, alongside a few of my colleagues we launched a start-up creative marketing agency. I dabbled in that for a while which did have certain aspects of values, business development, connectivity of people and so on. I guess you could say the Entrepreneurial Spirit runs through me! I soon realised however that I wanted to dig deeper. At the end of the day, people, connectivity and development are my motivators. I wanted to further my knowledge, experience and expertise within the HR/Recruitment/Organisational Psychology world. And this is where my Fastnet Graduate journey began.
My first point of contact with Fastnet the Talent Group was in a CV clinic that they conducted in UCC within one of my modules while completing the masters programme. It was from that initial contact, seeing the branding, hearing the stories of my now colleagues and how they started and progressed that solidified the idea of the company at the back of my mind. That coupled with wanting a people-facing role, that allowed for individual responsibility led me to applying to the Fastnet Graduate Programme. From application right through to sitting at my desk right now, writing this piece, the Fastnet Graduate Programme has shattered my expectations. The application process was easy and simple. I came across the role on the Fastnet website and applied straight away! Within a week I was already on my 2nd round interview, and within a month I was offered the position of Graduate Talent Consultant. Just to provide perspective, after accepting the offer I didn’t start officially till November. Within that time, I wasn’t left without attention. I attended a training day and an offsite event which helped me to hit the ground running. Firstly, it allowed me to meet the whole team, providing that inclusive culture, also providing me with a deeper insight into the company, its goals, and strategies for the coming year. Simply put, this epitomises the culture surrounding Fastnet. A family feel, that helps you grow.
So far, my training programme has been exciting, delivered by quality mentoring. I almost feel like I’ve been here for years already. From understanding the systems, to making my first phone call to a candidate, I have been guided every step of the way, and it’s that extra little touch of being given advice but left to your own initiative that makes all the difference.
Like many, I too had that initial fear of joining the office world. ‘Being chained to your desk, Monday to Friday and living for the weekends.’ Prior to starting, my expectations were very pragmatic. I believed that it was a simple case of recruiting individuals for clients. But, I can safely say that wasn’t the case and that the fear has turned into pure hunger and excitement. Not only are you given that personal responsibility to grow your own desk, and client base but you also get to be part of something bigger.
How does working in recruitment provide that fulfilment of being a part of a bigger picture? Well, working for a company who specialise in the Lifesciences does just that. Not only are you simply placing people within companies, you’re understanding what they do, what they stand for and the difference they’re trying to and are making within people’s lives on a daily basis. A cultural buy in if you may. From pharmaceuticals to medical devices you’re connecting these companies with the right talent that will make a huge impact going forward. You’re connecting the people who are actively working towards making our society a better place. Helping make a meaningful difference for millions around the world, and it excites me that I get to be a part of that process.
It’s been 3 weeks and my life at Fastnet is already busy and exciting – and I look forward to the challenges and opportunities ahead!
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