Insight into Will Jackson.. from data modelling to placing data scientists

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

I’ve had an unusual route into recruitment, having recently finished my undergraduate Masters in Biology from the University of Sheffield.  For my final year project I worked with the programming language R to build models analysing trade-offs in plant resource allocation, safe to say that put me off a career in research, but it opened my eyes to the power of data science and big data.  At insight I’m the new data specialist, focusing on big data and data science to recruit for the new growing market.

What does success mean to you?

Success for me would be being the first name people think of when they look for careers in data science.  This comes about by having lasting relationships with candidates who have been placed in jobs they love and then recommend your services to their friends and colleagues.

What are your top tips for success?

Have a focus on where you want to be and be self-reflective after your successes and failures, feeling like you’re constantly learning helps you persevere when work is tough.  More than anything take it day by day and look for small wins in everything you do.


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

Look for a recruitment agency that you’re confident will prioritise your application and best match you to the role.  I’d recommend going to agencies you’ve heard good things from through word of mouth, or know of other people who’ve successfully found a career they love through them.

 What’s the best advice you have for anyone trying to make it in recruitment?

Learn by doing.  It can be intimidating seeing senior consultants’ successes and thinking it seems a long way off, but they were in your position once and got to where they are through perseverance and energy.  You’re not going to know it all straight away, but each day brings new opportunities.

 Tell us about yourself on a personal level – when you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing?

I’ve always taken every opportunity to travel, Copenhagen being the best place I’ve visited recently, which was difficult on a student budget but something I look forward to being able to experience more as time goes on.  Day to day I try and go to the gym when I can, and catch up with friends round Manchester. Another interest of mine is climbing, I haven’t yet managed to tackle Snowdonia but I have attempted a few statues around Manchester.