As part of our commitment to empower our people, we want to give them a voice and provide them with a platform to share their thoughts and celebrate their achievements. This is why we decided to feature successful women within our business and share their stories via Instagram, using the hashtag #WednesdayWoman.
Here are two of these stories, told by Lucy and Elaine, two of our female employees at SThree brand Computer Futures who had never thought they'd find themselves in a career in recruitment.
Lucy McDowell, Associate Recruitment Consultant, Manchester
“I started with SThree last September. I don’t have any previous recruitment experience and getting into this industry was totally random. I knew I was ready for a change from the tech industry, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to delve into instead.
“I met Andy Almond, a Director at Computer Futures, on a train back from London and he offered me to come over for an interview; it all started there!
“So far, this whole experience has been crazy. I absolutely love the challenge and learn all about the new markets I cover.
“At the moment, I am an Associate Recruitment Consultant, but I get so much support that I’m sure I’ll progress and advance in my career here.
“One of my favourite things about SThree is the very supportive culture, everybody wants you to succeed and see you do well.
“I also appreciate SThree’s commitment to diversity, something you see in the variety of different people at all levels within the organisation. You see a lot of strong women in leadership roles here.
"That’s important to me because it shows that there’s nothing holding me back from achieving this myself.”
Elaine Clements, Senior Sales Team Manager, Dublin
“To be honest, I had never planned to pursue a career in recruitment; but for all that, I’ve been working in recruitment and within the SThree Group for seven years now.
“I graduated from college not knowing what I wanted to be. I wanted something that would challenge me, where I could make a difference, a career where I could keep learning, developing and pushing myself. Recruitment offered all of these things.
“I started on our Contracts team at Computer Futures, and after my first year I joined our Perm team. My first year in recruitment was quite challenging, but I learnt so much on a personal and professional level. I also reached my ‘senior’ promotion.
“It took me a while to find my strengths and rhythm but once I found my stride I went on to find a lot of candidates new career opportunities, altogether 30 in my third year with the company. Today I’m Senior Sales Team Manager.
“Something I learned over the years is that it’s important to always be open with your manager about what you want to achieve. I didn’t tell my manager about my career ambitions which seems silly now, but at the time I didn’t know how to approach this conversation.
“Around that time, SThree launched Identity, a programme supporting women within the business to develop their networks and careers. Thanks to this programme, I found a female mentor who helped me specify what I wanted to do and how to have that conversation with my manager.
“Once I knew how and had the necessary support, I spoke with my manager and started on my promotion targets; I never looked back.
“What I like about SThree is how you can advance on your own merits and steer your career in the right direction. It’s really about what you make of the world of opportunities provided. You can for example work with so many talented people across the business and learn so much.
“I also like that I am given the autonomy in my role to manage my team and given the space to come up with my own ideas on how to do things – I find that empowering.”
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