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Kate Ferguson talent, recruitment, career...

From Graduate to our 2018 Big Biller...

Following his record-breaking 2nd year with Harben Green, our Marketing Assistant, Kate sat down with Senior Executive Search Consultant to talk about his journey from Graduate to the HG 2018 Big Biller.

Firstly, congratulations on being our 2018 Big Biller, such an achievement in just your 2nd year! Tell me, how did your journey into recruitment begin?

Ha! I got a call one day from a guy called Howard. “Have you considered a career in Recruitment? I think you'd be good at it." And that’s literally, how my career at Harben Green started. I left the graduate scheme I wasn’t enjoying and I haven’t looked back since.

Amazing! What do you feel have been key accomplishments so far?

From a business perspective, I am now responsible for one of our largest key accounts & am proud to now be leading the search for Director & C-Suite appointments & in 6 months, I made £45k in bonus alone!

On the back of this success, I have been lucky enough to achieve incredible incentives! Watching the Anthony Joshua fight live in Cardiff was awesome! We’ve just got back from a team weekend in Amsterdam & I’ve got an all-expenses trip to Vegas & New York to come!

All in all, I am most honoured & proud to have been awarded the Harben Green 2018 ‘Peer Recognition’ & ‘Employee of the Year 2018’. This was a real achievement for me as it recognised my progression with the company & the respect I have from my peers!

We are really proud of you too Aaron! Can you say that a recruitment career was always on the agenda?

No, I originally graduated in 2015 from Nottingham Trent Uni with a degree in Business Management & Economics & followed a grad scheme pathway into a car rental company. This just wasn’t for me despite me staying 18 months & it was the headhunt by Howard that changed everything!.

So when you got the call, did you have any friends in recruitment & executive search?

No none at all & I had zero knowledge about recruitment before starting. What I found so inspiring was Howard’s vision for the company and where he was headed. I was totally drawn in by his vision and wanted to be part of the journey… which continues to get better & better!!

You sound like you have a big future ahead of you! What’s in-store for 2019?

Fingers crossed, age 24 I'm on track to earn £100k in my 3rd year which will be the start of my property portfolio... not to mention paying off my student loan!  Starting my recruitment journey at Harben Green is unquestionably one of the best career decisions I have made so far & I enjoy every single day… even the challenging ones!

It’s a unique & amazing culture we have, combined with hard work & real career possibilities that sets us apart.

Aaron, I spoke to Howard following our interview, here’s what he had to say...

One of my proudest achievements so far within Harben Green is seeing Aaron go from zero recruitment experience to not just being the company big biller, but one of the top performers across the industry. I have full confidence that Aaron will have an even bigger year in 2019.


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