Despite studying bio-med at Newcastle University, Marima Kauser didn’t fancy spending her career in a white lab coat fighting for funds to carry out research which could take years to produce results. Instead, she was attracted by the idea of seeing the fruits of her labour more quickly and effectively taking control of her own destiny.
She knew people in recruitment who had done very well for themselves, so had a good idea what to expect and opted for Franklin Fitch because she liked the culture, the people and the office space.
“The good thing about recruitment is that if you work hard you reap the rewards,” she says. “Even if things aren’t going well, one good deal can turn things around very quickly.”
It’s all about the training and support
Marima joined Franklin Fitch in August 2019 as one of the first intake of the firm’s new training academy. Led by Charlotte Drury, an experienced recruiter, the academy provides a framework within which graduates can learn recruitment both in the classroom and on the job. The training is ongoing and academy members are supported not only by Charlotte but also by many other members of the Franklin Fitch team.
“The training has been so much better than I expected,” says Marima, adding that the company’s culture is very conducive to learning. She says she has never been made to feel a burden and is impressed that people of all levels are treated in the same way – not something that happens on all graduate training programmes.
Six months into the academy programme and Marima is now starting to specialise and work roles on her own. In the beginning, graduates cover a wide range of sectors with strong support from other team members, including advice on how to speak to candidates and clients, as well as how to negotiate better deals and handle difficult conversations. During this time, they get a feel for what recruitment, and in particular life at Franklin Fitch, has to offer. Once their initial six months is complete, they will graduate out of the academy and in to a specialised recruitment role.
Lots of opportunities, competition and incentives
For Marima there have been many highs and lows during her first six months. “I have had so many opportunities,” she says, adding that she recently particularly enjoyed attending a women in technology event where she was able to speak to many senior women experienced in technology and recruitment. “It was great to see so many female role models sending the message that it is possible to succeed whatever your gender.”
Deals are obviously good too, as are the great Franklin Fitch incentives, such as trips to Las Vegas, Faro, skiing, meal vouchers or the opportunity to knock off early on particular days. “There’s plenty of competition and lots of things to keep you motivated,” says Marima, adding that as a newcomer to London, the social aspect of life at Franklin Fitch has been very important too.
On the downside, recruitment involves working closely with people, and obviously people are difficult to control. “Dropouts are the worst,” says Marima. “You try your best to plan for it, but it doesn’t always work out.
“There is a lot of rejection in the job, but you have to take the positives and where possible learn from what has happened and not let it get you down.
“There is no doubt that it can be daunting to start with, but if you work hard the rewards are yours.” For Marima, the ups and downs have definitely been worthwhile and her first six months at Franklin Fitch had “well surpassed” her expectations.
by Claire Shoesmith
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