What Made You Choose?
What made you choose your career?
As part of National Careers Week running this week, we asked our Enterprise Advisers this question. They volunteer for our delivery of the London Enterprise Adviser Network which aims to help young people in London achieve their full potential.
National Careers Week celebrates careers guidance and promotes free resources in education across the UK. It aims to provide a focus for careers guidance activity to help support young people leaving education.
Here are some of their responses:
Yogesh Gandhi, Security Awareness Campaign Manager, Vodafone Group Services
“This role is based in London, a city that I truly love for its openness, quality of talent, and wide open green spaces.”
Diana Collington, Talent Acquisition Advisor, Mott MacDonald
At school I studied Travel and Tourism for A-Level, once of the modules was HR and Recruitment which I thoroughly enjoyed. I have always enjoyed working with people and looking at the aspect of employment so I decided to study HR at university. Really enjoyed the course and did a placement year which encompassed recruitment.
Finishing my degree I was hoping to go into a HR generalist role as I was a CIPD member as wanted to be able to have full exposure of the HR remit but when applying for roles I applied for both HR and recruitment roles. I happened to fall into recruitment and my first role was working with the Graduate team. I have had the opportunity to work with students and now am focussing my recruitment on experienced professionals which I thoroughly enjoy.
There has been so much opportunity to grow and development within this role, doing my day to day work but also getting involved in projects to keep the role interesting. Recruitment comes under the HR umbrella so I still work closely with HR and the wider business so still have good knowledge and understanding of the different HR processes and procedures which helps when advising candidates. I thoroughly enjoy my role and don’t have any regrets.
Nazim Ali, Information Security Lead - Solutions & Digital, KPMG
I would say that there are three key reasons:
1) The people I work with The work is challenging and every day brings its own rewards and pressures. I enjoy working with people to help them and also solve their problems, being an important enabler (helping to protect them and the brand) as part of their roles.
2) The people I work for I wanted a career that enabled me to work in a team environment and utilising skills of other professionals. My team members, who I work for (rather than them working for me), are one of the reasons I chose a career in information security – as we all have a common goal – trying to do the right thing for our clients and our firm.
3) I wanted a career that is always living on the edge, fast paced Needing to make quick, accurate decisions, amongst many priorities and activities at the same time – with the knowledge that one mistake could have a significant impact.
Information security provides that environment – and it’s something I’m passionate about and thrive within.
Upon leaving University, I wanted a career in technology, although whilst information security wasn’t something explicitly that I chose, through work experience and understanding technology more, I realised information security is where my passion was and where I could add most value.
Maria Shury-Smith, Creative Learning and Community Partnerships Officer, Richmond Theatre
Devising and delivering engaging theatre workshops for people of all ages as head of the Richmond Theatre Creative Learning department gives me the opportunity to maximise the positive social impact that the performing arts can have.
I originally trained as a dancer and taught classes to support my training but soon realised that it was seeing the progress that participants were making that I most enjoyed and haven’t looked back since!
Manola De Vincentis, Strategic Alliances Senior Manager, KPMG
I started my career as a management consultant and I was intrigued by the fact I would work on projects set to help clients transform their businesses.
I loved the fact I would be exposed to several clients, work at their premises and experience their business culture. After completing a piece of work at a client I would typically move on to another client and this made me feel very dynamic as opposed to have a fixed routine.
In addition, the sense of freedom and the international traveling made me very excited about my choice.
Aideen Whelehan, Human Resources Specialist, Trainer Coach and Mediator
“I chose HR and L&D as my career by accident really. Having finished my hotel diploma and commerce degree I worked at a wonderful five star hotel in central London in reservations. I was rubbish at sales, still am but a post came up in recruitment so I jumped at the chance to move to the Human Resources Team.
The beauty of HR is that there are many specialisations and areas to focus on, although I started in hotels and spent a lot of my career there I was able to use my skills across different industries.
Today I work freelance and train mediate and advise in hotels, charities, education trusts and the NHS. I still love the chance to help people to be their very best through what I do. It is a truly valuable career.”
Zoltan Vass, Enterprise Adviser, London Enterprise Adviser Network
“I have been working in digital and tech since 2001. To me it was my mentor who had the biggest impact on me few years ago. My perspective changed a lot as my mentor opened my eyes and helped a lot to step up in my career.
What I very much like in digital and tech that this industry is shaping our future, companies are open and flexible in changing company cultures to become better, while having positive impact on people’s mental health and society. “
Our Enterprise Advisers assist local schools and college leaders by increasing their engagement with businesses and access to local career resources. It gives young people the chance to capitalise on the career opportunities available to them.
If you’d like to help inspire young people to fulfil their potential or know someone who may be interested, you can find out more about the London Enterprise Adviser Network or email us if you have any enquiries.