Ellen’s story – From country girl to city living

What is your role at Insight and how did you get here?

I am the Office Manager here at Insight. I moved down to Manchester from Aberdeen about 6 months ago, with my boyfriend who had been offered a job here after uni.  I came down without a job and was terrified about moving city and job, but knew very quickly I’d made the right decision when I was welcomed in by the Insight team. One of the things I love about my job is the variety as my day can include everything from invoicing, HR, finance, candidate acquisition and assisting the team with admin tasks. I feel so thankful that I took the risk of moving down, as I have really been taken under the wing of the guys in the team and have found an amazing group of people that make me feel appreciated and encouraged every day.

What does success mean to you?

Generally, I like to celebrate the small successes in life, be it as little as dragging myself to the gym when I’m not in the mood or cheering someone up that isn’t having a great day. Knowing that I have given something my all and broken down a barrier, to me it is just the feeling of being proud and content.
In the long term, however, success to me is being able to feel independent and sell sufficient, the feeling that I don’t need anyone to support me and being able to give back to those who have supported me throughout my life is a big driver for me.

What are your top tips for success?

Focus on growth and never stop learning. The biggest benefit of working in a team is that you have people surrounding you constantly that have had an entirely different path in life and have gained experience and knowledge you may not- whether it be work related or personal. Always be asking questions, and try to learn as much as you can from the people around you. And with the access we have to online resources nowadays, it takes a matter of seconds to find endless amounts of information. Keep growing, never settle.

What’s the best advice you have for anyone on the job hunt?

Not to let the rejections get to you. Often it can be disheartening repeatedly hearing no, it can feel like it’s never going to work out for you. But stick at it, stay optimistic and trust that the right opportunity for you will come up eventually.

With it being feel good Feb, what is it that makes you feel good?

I feel good when I am with people I can be entirely myself around, who encourage me and most importantly make me laugh. I’m very picky about the people I let into my life so my friends and family are very special to me, they make me feel amazing.

Ellen Walking.jpgEllen