My career to date has been anything but linear; something I now feel very fortunate to have experienced.
I studied History at University, admittedly to buy myself some time in figuring out what I wanted to do. Following graduation I secured my first ‘proper’ job where I gained experience in a whole host of things from HR, L&D, Employee Engagement, CSR, Comms and of course a general 101 in office etiquette. After a few years I decided I wanted to find my ‘passion’. With absolutely zero clue what this would involve, I decided that was recruitment. I joined an agency who were setting up their City office as employee number 4. The buzz of finding someone their dream role and a client the employee they desperately needed was everything I had hoped for; cold calling and being hung up on by prospective clients was not…
Sadly just as I turned 25 and only a few months into my new job I discovered I had cervical cancer. The endless hospital visits, social anxiety and quite a big operation meant I decided to leave my job and focus on my health for a bit. Thankfully I was very lucky and once back to full health, armed with a little more confidence, my old recruitment agency employer kindly offered to help me find a new role. A fresh start!
They asked what I wanted in an employer and my response (this is the truth), was that I would love to join somewhere like Apollo, my favourite client when I worked in recruitment. To me this meant somewhere with a good culture, lots of ambition and where the people were all just really nice. Next thing you know I was working at Apollo as a Receptionist. This will always be one of the roles I feel most grateful for. This gave me a chance to get back into the swing of it and build confidence in things as simple as commuting into London. I met lovely people whilst being able to do a varied role and keep busy. After a while Sally Peace, Chief of Staff and HRD, asked if I wanted to join her in HR. It’s 7 years later and here we are! In those 7 years I have moved from HR to Head of Communications and Marketing and have enjoyed (nearly) every step of the way.
Today my role consists of ensuring our comms and marketing strategy supports Apollo’s success through engaged employees who are aligned with our vision, and by showcasing our incredible story to the outside world. Opportunity is what drives me and seeing what the future holds for Apollo is something I find extremely exciting!
The takeaways I guess are don’t be scared to start again and don’t spend your 20’s panicking that you have to have it all sussed out! My career has taken some turns and I have made some decisions that at the time felt like setbacks, but they have all provided opportunity and been instrumental (even if I couldn’t see it at the time) in leading me to where I am today; happy and valued.
Finally, please please please book your smear tests. They can feel scary and uncomfortable but for all of 30 seconds and could save your life.