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A year of Ambition: Andrew Harrison

Published on 17th May 2018

Andrew has positioned himself as a key member of Mark Jones' Technology team in his first 12 months in recruitment. We took Andrew away from the phones for five minutes to hear about his year in his own words.

How would you describe your first year with Ambition?

It’s definitely been an eventful one, with lots of learning and adapting. I came from a Sales and Business Development background so it’s been quite refreshing to work with my candidates in this role who are receptive to me helping them progress their careers into new roles and opportunities.

Can you explain to me your role and what you specialise in?

I work in the Business Transformation team within the Technology team here in Sydney. My main focuses are Change Management and Project Services and everything they encompass.

Obviously, the world of Technology is progressing at an exponential rate. Are there any trends you are noticing that are changing the workplace for both job seekers and employers?

Watch out for the robots! As you say, Technology is progressing so quickly that there’s an ever-changing market. For example, companies are moving onto digital platforms and candidates and employers have so many more mediums to advertise and make themselves an attractive proposition for one another.

We’re also seeing an increase in Activity-based working and shared locations as the trend towards contracting and project work increases.

We’ve recently recruited several new colleagues to the Bootcamp. What advice would you give to the guys?

Work hard and stay on top of the time and your diary, as the day can tend to slip away quickly in this role, especially when you become a 360-degree recruiter.

The first few months can also be a bit overwhelming and you feel like you are just about treading water as you’re being pulled in lots of different directions with training and interviews. There is light at the end of the tunnel though and you’ll soon start to see the rewards of your hard work!

What do you think it takes to become a successful recruiter?

Drive, determination and resilience. I think it also helps to have your own value proposition, something that you do better than others that you can develop in tandem with your personal brand.

What does Ambition mean to you?

Ambition to me is about identifying, mapping out and achieving a clear set of personal or professional goals.

What do you hope to achieve in the next 12 months?

I’m looking forward to building out my own desk, increasing my knowledge and personal brand as well as my contacts. This should result in me having more roles to fill for my candidate network.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

My uncle once told me when I was looking for my first job in London that I shouldn’t put pressure on myself if I don’t have it all figured out right away and everyone is allowed three career false starts! It was reassuring to hear and made it easier for me to change careers when I did it for the first time.

Do you have a life motto?

“Add life to your days, not days to your life.”