Insight welcomes Daniel Jones, the latest addition to the team!
What is your role at Insight and how did you get here?
I recently graduated with a masters degree in Pharmacology from the University of Manchester and once I was finished I honestly didn’t know what to do going forward. My masters was research based and made me realise that it wasn’t the right career path for me, so I thought of what other areas might interest me. I had a part-time job in a busy bar in Manchester throughout my studies and started to work full-time once I had graduated, which involved me having to give cocktail masterclasses to large groups of people (usually gaggles of women on hen parties!). As difficult as it was to keep control of rowdy women, this really developed my interpersonal and rapport building skills, but it also made me realise I couldn’t stay in that sort of work environment. A few of my friends already worked in recruitment and they said they thought that I would really suit it. This coupled with the fact that I am an extremely money motivated individual led me to a career in recruitment. I went to an assessment day where I got interviews and offers for several different agencies, however I chose Insight because from first impressions it really stuck out to me as a fun environment to work in, as well as everyone being so welcoming to me.
I’m one of the Candidate consultants here and my specialist area is Front End Development within the digital sector. In all honesty I didn’t know much at all about the IT sector before I started, however I’ve learnt very quickly as I’ve had the opportunity to talk to many developers who are very passionate about the work that they do.
What does success mean to you?
Success to me is excelling in all areas of life, from being a well-respected and well-known recruiter, being fit and healthy to being successful financially. My main goal is to be able to earn enough money to be able to help my parents retire early, as they have given so much to me through my life I would love to be able to give back to them – they deserve it for putting up with me!
What are your top tips for success?
A good work ethic will get you far in life – if you’re willing to put in the graft you’ll reap the rewards! However, I think the most important thing is to be happy in what you’re doing, because if you don’t enjoy what you’re doing you’ll never truly put 100% into it.
What’s the best advice you have for anyone on the job hunt?
My advice would be to constantly be looking for new vacancies, as they pop up on a daily basis. However, I think the best thing to do is find a recruitment firm that places people in your specific field and get your CV to them. They will have the best opportunities for you and better yet they will work hard to find the best role specific for you.
What’s the best advice you have for anyone trying to make it in recruitment?
Don’t expect to be getting deals and placing people straight away. It takes time to build yourself into your market and get a name for yourself, however if you put in the groundwork and keep pushing you will see the benefit of your work soon enough.
Tell us about yourself on a personal level – when you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing?
I’m football mad (I’m an Everton fan – which means this year has been very difficult for me so far!) and I used to play a lot of rugby at school and Uni, however that has all gone out the window recently. I try to go to the gym whenever I can, which is a lot less than I would like! Music is another big part of my life, I literally listen to anything and everything from Stevie Wonder to Stormzy, and love a good sing along (which I’m sure everyone in office has already noticed…). And obviously, as I used to work in a bar, I do love a pint or two (or three…and maybe a tequila…).