Celebrating Success – 5 minutes with Emma

After Emma’s success of winning August’s employee of the month award, we sat down with her to discuss her time at ISL so far. Scroll down to read her story…

Rebeka, Emma and Samantha celebrating Emma's pregnancy announcement with blue and pink cupcakes
Rebeka (left), Emma (middle) and Samantha (right) celebrating Emma’s pregnancy announcement

What is your biggest achievement to date?

Personally, I would say my biggest achievement to date is buying my family home with my partner at the age of 27, it’s something that I am really proud of.

Professionally, I’ve recently just hit my billing target for principal consultant just before heading off on maternity leave. Hitting this was something that meant a lot to me, as I didn’t want to drop my billings leading up to my due date. To say I’m really happy to achieve this is an understatement!

Emma outside her new home with her partner
Outside her new home

How does it feel to win employee of the month?

It’s so nice! Every single month there are so many worthy winners so getting that recognition is really exciting.

What has been your highlight at ISL so far?

Most recently going to Casa Mia for our lunch club. Compared to other lunches it was pretty tame but I’m such a foodie and Casa Mia is somewhere I’ve never been to before; so enjoying the food with good company was a big highlight for me.

A group of ISL employees celebrating International Women's Day
Celebrating International Women’s Day

What advice would you give to our trainees?

I’d say it’s important not to get ahead of yourself.

We see people coming through that are successful very quickly, which is great, however sometimes they can misinterpret the job as ‘easy’ and stop working as hard. As a result, when they hit a rough patch they don’t know how to deal with it, becoming disillusioned.

My advice would be to maintain a level head and be consistent, regardless of how well you are doing. By religiously keeping up with your daily and weekly goals, you’re much less likely to hit those rough patches as quickly or as often.

What is on your wish list for the next 5 years at ISL?

As previously mentioned, I’ve hit my Principal Consultant billing target, so getting a promotion into this role is the next milestone for me to hit. When I get back from maternity leave the goal is to get back into the job as quickly and efficiently as I can to hopefully get back to where I am now in no time!

My long-term goal is to become a Managing Consultant here, which is a role that no one yet has at ISL officially. Achieving that would be a very exciting! Being able to create and define the position within the business would be really cool.

Samantha (left) and Emma (right) at the 2019 Summer Conference, Leigh Court
Samantha (left) and Emma (right) at the 2019 Summer Conference, Leigh Court

What are the best and worst parts of your job?

It is definitely an emotional roller-coaster; it can be tough and draining. I don’t think there is any way to avoid that in this industry but the rewards you get for being in recruitment really do outweigh all of that. I really enjoy building and maintaining good relationships with candidates and clients, it makes a huge difference to your day to day work instead of working on a transactional basis. You also meet lots of friends in recruitment! It’s a very sociable industry so compared with some other jobs, you end up working with a lot of like minded people!

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