Originally, the idea of working in recruitment was put forward to me only when I came to Robert Walters as a candidate working overseas.
Considering myself an introvert without a relevant background or network, I didn’t think I met any of the prerequisites needed to be a recruiter. Nonetheless, the consultant I met with could see my potential.
Within 18 months of joining the business as a consultant, I was given the opportunity to expand our sales and marketing desk to cover clients in the retail sector. From there, my portfolio grew, and I then developed our business-to-business sales and marketing client base while also growing our business-to-consumer market into healthcare. Subsequently, I was given additional managerial responsibility over the supply chain, engineering, HR and commerce finance teams.
Every few years, I found myself starting something new or taking on extra responsibilities. I was fortunate to have had the guidance and mentorship of an incredible leader throughout my journey from consultant to country head. She encouraged me to drive my career in the direction I wanted and to take opportunities that would help me grow.
Whether it was launching a new discipline or extending my remit as country manager for Malaysia to include the Philippines business, I have found myself navigating new territory throughout my career with the Group, but I have never felt alone in my journey. Whether I achieved success or experienced a misstep, I have always felt supported by my leaders. Their trust has encouraged me to take bold steps and push my boundaries.
Our people are testimony to the Group’s commitment to nurturing its talent. Many of my own management team have grown their careers alongside one another. Having the opportunity to grow from consultants to leaders together has helped to form strong relationships built on trust, as well as a deep understanding of how to leverage each other’s strengths.
These relationships have laid the foundation for a supportive team culture that thrives on a united commitment to excellence, and a genuine willingness to celebrate the success of others as much as your own. In difficult times such as these, the strength of our relationships has shown their worth as we continue to focus on growing ourselves and each other, and working together towards future success.