Headstart: Careers – Week in the life

Monday[QQ] Up at 6.00am (some things never change). Get myself, my twins and youngest daughter ready for work and school. Train journey takes 40 minutes on a good day. Arrive 8.30am ready for staff meeting and de-brief on previous week’s activity.

9.00am begin in-house training with new team members. We discuss concerns, queries and problems encountered. Training lasts for one hour on a one-to-one basis and is incorporated into my weekly routine.


Company visit this morning with one of the UK’s top general insurers.

Go over objectives and plan meeting with consultant. We’ve just successfully recruited a new financial controller for the group. Meeting goes well, looks good for future recruitment requirements. Client lunch booked for next week.


8.30am meeting with temporaries controller. A FTSE-100 company requires two qualified contractors to oversee six month project. Panic! Company visit arranged for 10.30am to discuss with FD. Quick search of candidate database reveals suitable people, who are checked for availability. Go to meeting armed with CVs, confident we can provide client with candidates.

We do … Panic over.


9.30am staff meeting on budget. 10.30am, interview candidate found from Excellent credentials, just need to check qualifications and references. Already have vacancies for which he is suitable. Need to talk to one client first – think he’ll like this person. 2.30pm sit in on trainee consultant’s candidate interview. All interviews are planned meticulously prior to candidate’s arrival. Interview lasts 1 hour 30 mins. Candidate is happy with plan of action and leaves confident.


Advertising deadlines to meet for permanent and temporary accountancy positions. Collect copy from consultants and proof prior to sending to agency. Lunchtime meet with manager at Reed Banking over preferred supplier status with investment bank, and draft proposal. Company visit arranged.

Must speak to national accounts manager before submitting tender. 4.00pm team update on week’s progress – branch on target (looks good for month end). 5.00pm, client requires part-qualified to start temporary booking on Monday – why is it always 5pm on a Friday night? (Consultant fills booking).

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