Two years ago, with the market being what it was for an English Literature graduate with no specific training and a few, shall we say, scattered, years under her belt, I found myself stuck in dead end part-time reception roles; the type of role where you average a phone call every couple of hours and manage to get through the entire Potter series, cover to cover (I admit that part was rather “ok”). Excruciatingly slim pickings for someone who knew she had more to give. The nagging doubt that my predicament was down to my general inabilities and lack of intellect was always there, but I pushed past these negative thoughts and decided to make a rather bold move to London and, rather thankfully as it turns out, VMA Group. I knew hard work and progression within a company was my ticket- I just needed a company that prided itself in nurturing and developing its employees….
Not only does VMA Group mentor and coach it’s candidates, it puts effort and dedication into bringing out the best in its employees- fellow colleagues who started as interns and team assistants have progressed into consultancy and marketing roles, and a year (and a bit) later, I can’t quite believe where I find myself; in a role and company that fully meets all of my expectations and, most importantly, has given me the opportunity to progress.
Embarking on a new role within the same company is rather nerve racking; especially when you come from a position where you have a great deal of knowledge. To find oneself ‘starting over’ but in the same office is quite surreal. I began my career as Assistant to the External Communications Team and, over a period of a year, have been granted more responsibility which in turn has given me more access to candidates and clients views and a perspective into the worlds of recruitment and communications. As the months progressed, my knowledge of everything from the market, to recruitment processes, to prioritizing a busy workload increased. The beauty of this tight knit and loyal company is that they offer true progression without having to part with relationships built over the past 18 months. My knowledge of the company, along with my business relationships, will only continue to get stronger with this move and I feel lucky to be in a company where progression is viewed so strongly and so openly.
Do you have similar experiences you can share? What are the key skills that would make you promote internally?
Personal Assistant – Julia Meighan & Claire Tuffin
VMA Group, London