Lessons Learned: My Career Journey to Date and My Venture into Recruitment
In my first week at university, I still didn’t know what I wanted to do. I’d chosen a Commerce degree, but as I attended each introductory class, nothing really struck me. With my enthusiasm beginning to wane, I mustered up the motivation to attend my final class of the week – an introduction to entrepreneurship. About halfway through the third inspirational story of how some uni student just like me had made millions in a few years, I was hooked. At that moment, I became sure that I was on a path to become the next face of
30 under 30.
It didn’t quite work out that way, and it wasn’t until nearly two years after that fateful introduction that I became properly involved in a startup.
The opportunity came about unexpectedly. While at a meetup about emerging technology solutions, I had an interesting discussion with one of the hosts. Seizing my opportunity, I asked if I could join his company. To my surprise, he agreed and told me to start the following day. So I did.
Unfortunately, the person that hired me wasn’t there, nor had he let any other team members know that I’d be joining them. In most workplaces, this would pose a problem, but the only response I got was “Great! So what do you want to do here?”. I hadn’t really thought that far ahead, so I replied “Business”. It was the first thing that came to mind.
I had officially embarked on a journey within the dynamic and improvisation-driven environment I craved. I attended weekly meetups where I dazzled fellow attendees with the multitude of innovative and out-of-the-box projects that we were working on, many of them like something out of The Matrix.
Though we definitely knew how to enjoy ourselves, it wasn’t all fun and games. We were often met with the seemingly insurmountable challenges that come with being an early-stage venture in an industry that still hasn’t achieved true mainstream adoption. The environment was fast-paced and we learnt through trial and error. To my surprise, I actually found myself missing the structured learning environment of the education system, but after 15 years of schooling, I couldn’t bring myself to go back just yet.
After much debate, I decided to seek out a graduate program to build a solid foundation that could support my development.
Fast-forward to my first few weeks as a graduate with Rowben Consulting and it became clear that I had a lot to learn. Luckily, I’ve joined an organisation with many patient mentors who are willing to point me in the right direction. Though I may no longer be part of a startup, the same principles that initially attracted me to that space are still at the heart my day-to-day activities. In many ways, and somewhat surprisingly, not much has changed – I’m still confronted by daily challenges that require creative solutions, we’ve adopted agile methods for our pipeline meetings, mindfulness practices are promoted within the office, and there’s always lots of free food. The list of similarities goes on.
My take-away from my brief-yet-diverse professional experience so far? The perceived cost of sacrificing what you currently have shouldn’t get in the way of making a change that will make you better in the long run. With the right amount of thought and persistence, you can find what you were missing while also keeping what you thought you would lose.
After all, a leap into the unknown backed by the drive to make it work is the way