WHAT DOES A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A FINANCE CONSULTANT LOOK LIKE?

Recruitment - it’s a fascinating industry, no two days are the same, and you’ll get exposure to a wide range of businesses and individuals.

MORNING:

First alarm goes off at 06:15 am, the fourth at 06:30 am. I’m one of those annoying people who set an alarm every five minutes.  I’m actually a morning person, but need a few alarms to make me jump out of bed!

I leave the house by about 07:10 am armed with breakfast to eat in the office. Following the “improvements” to the A1, the morning commute is not so bad from Washington, and I’m usually parked up in Newcastle by 7.30 am.

There seems to be an unwritten rule that everybody in the multi-story car park has their own parking space (including myself). It throws me a little when somebody is in my spot.

A brisk walk into the office and I’m usually at my desk by 07:45 am, breakfast in hand reading the local business news from the numerous regional subscription sites that I’ve registered with.

It’s a great way of keeping up to date with North East business news, from recent appointments to investments and developments.

By 09:00 am, the rest of team BMC are in the office (we are able to work to our own set hours which is one of the great perks of this business, and it works for me to come in earlier).

It’s difficult to write what a routine morning looks like as no two days in recruitment are the same, but usually it consists of:

•    Reviewing job applications from the night before
•    Updating with “new candidates” who have expressed an interest in meeting to discuss new opportunities
•    Responding to emails, both internal & external
•    Calling North East Businesses & prospective clients new to BMC

As a business this is important, we’ve been trading for 3 years and whilst we are working with 7 of the North East’s 8 largest businesses, we’re keen to raise our profile across the region.

AFTERNOON:

Anyone who knows me can testify that I’m on a huge health kick, so lunch typically consists of a rather lean chicken salad. Usually, I’ll take lunch at my desk – there is too much temptation to venture out and spend money in Newcastle with the proximity of fantastic restaurants and shops we have in the city.

My afternoon is spent in meetings, typically with a combination of existing / new clients, candidates and colleagues. The reason this job is so enjoyable and varied is that the meetings are always different and can take place across the region, with tours of factories, mock interviews with candidates and internal strategy focus sessions with colleagues.

The end of the working day will usually involve returning to the office to catch up on everything else that needs doing.

•    Arranging interviews
•    Catching up with candidates who have been to an interview
•    Updating our internal system / any necessary paperwork

EVENING:

The day in the office can normally end any time between 17:00 – 18:00, and I’m normally home around 45 minutes after leaving my desk. Most of my daily phone calls occur during this time, as many of the candidates who I’m dealing with are not able to chat openly during their core hours. When I arrive at the house, there’s normally a couple of emails to sort.

I read a lot of these “Day in the Life of” articles and I’d like to say my typical evening consists of a two-hour workout at the Gym, but I would be lying.

Depending upon the time that we arrive home, either my fiancée or I will prep dinner (I actually really enjoying cooking) and then we will unwind for the evening.

There’s always a battle for the TV remote in the Spurr household. My fiancée’s choice being the UK Soaps (how come they have been commissioned to be shown twice daily now?) vs my pick, which would be whatever football match is on Sky Sports.

I’m not going to say who normally wins, but I’m staggered at what’s been going on in Eastenders recently.

As the night draws in, I’ll have a quick scan and respond to any urgent emails to see if anything has developed over the last few hours. Lunch will be prepared for tomorrow, and lights out is usually quite late at around midnight.

WHEN DID YOU DECIDE YOU WANTED TO BECOME A CONSULTANT AND HOW DID YOU SET ABOUT PERSUING THIS GOAL?

The recruitment sector is often met with a negative perception, and I can understand some of it as I’ve seen and heard the dishonest behavior of some recruiters.

I guess it happens in every industry, but I’m fortunate to have worked for businesses who take pride in their ethical and transparent approach and employ consultants with the same mentality.

After graduation, I fell into recruitment in 2013 and it seemed the natural progression was to become a consultant. I’m fortunate to have been able to surround myself with some great people from the industry who I continue to learn from.

Having decided not to pursue a career in finance, it seemed sensible to go into this line of recruitment as it’s something I always enjoyed at uni, and I am the son of an accountant.

What I quickly discovered, and continue to do so to this day is we have some fantastic businesses in the region, and they required talented, skilled accountants.

Here at BMC, I look after the graduate, transactional & part-qualified finance division, which I really enjoy and I like to think that I’ve worked hard to establish my network in the region at this level.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO PEOPLE CONSIDERING A CAREER IN RECRUITMENT?

I’ve never met anybody who grew up and wanted to work in the recruitment sector, and I’m no different. It’s a fascinating industry – no two days are the same, and you’ll get exposure to a wide range of businesses and individuals.

Advice would be:

  • Find the right business for you where you can learn and develop
  • Surround yourself with good mentors who have been there and done it
  • Don’t rush in to becoming a consultant. Some people think we just “chuck a loads of CV’s and hope that one sticks”. If you’ve ever worked with a good consultant, you know this is not true
  • Enjoy the good times. Learn from the low points