From graduate to managing consultant

Maureen Elhage

Maureen Elhage shares her career progression story from graduate through to managing consultant.

Why did you choose the Robert Walters graduate program?

Similar to many graduates, I was unsure about which career path I wanted to take. After completing my degree in Human Resources, I was initially looking for an HR job opportunity but throughout my job search I came across graduate recruitment consultant roles which I was keen to learn more about.

After a few interviews with Robert Walters I came to understand the benefits of moving into a sales environment, not only from a career perspective but also from a remuneration point of view. Why wouldn’t I want to be in a role where I can be part of a strong team and earn a higher salary than typical graduates if I have the right attitude, energy and motivations to succeed?

How did you find the recruitment process?

The recruitment process was quite thorough and after working at Robert Walters for over three years, I understand why. It’s because we aim to hire people who are the right cultural fit – ambitious and driven professionals who are also team players.

Throughout the recruitment process I had direct engagement with the directors of the business which inspired me and reassured me that with the right attitude I too could enjoy a successful career.

What career progression opportunities have you had?

Robert Walters continually provides opportunities, such as international transfers, for consultants who embrace the entrepreneurial spirit of the business and help their team to succeed. On top of this, the investment in career progression and best in class training is something I have experienced first hand, going from consultant to managing consultant in three years.

What are some of the benefits of working for Robert Walters?

There are a number of benefits, but for me the really unique thing is that you get the opportunity to work for a reputable brand in a collaborative team-based environment, whilst also getting significant opportunities to develop your own career.

What advice do you have for those considering a career in recruitment?

Recruitment can be challenging, but this is balanced out by the sense of reward you get from helping people grow their careers and the skills you gain including sales, customer service and stakeholder management.  If you have the right attitude and a structured development plan, then there is a world of opportunity accessible to you.

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