We love people who want to rise through the ranks and achieve their goals. And when it comes to supporting ambition we’re with our employees all the way.
One colleague never afraid to talk about her career aspirations is Natalie Winterton.
Her enthusiasm is infectious, and it’s come as no surprise to us that her work has been widely recognised.
But what’s next for Natalie? Find out below…
This is her story.
When did you join BPS World?
I joined BPS World in the summer of 2015.
What was your initial role?
I came onboard as an Apprentice Resourcer.
What’s your current role?
I’m now a Recruitment Consultant, currently working in the Business and Professional Services team.
How did you find out about BPS World?
I found the apprentice role advertised on a job board. After being invited to an interview, I began researching in to the background of the company.
What attracted you to BPS and recruitment?
The culture. When I came in for interview I was able to shadow a Monday Morning meeting, in which the entire company discussed their previous week and the targets for the week ahead. The atmosphere of positivity and excitement really drew me in!
Use three words to describe your personality
Honest, passionate and fun. I believe honesty is key in everything you do, passion is the motivator and driver and what would life be without a little fun!
Describe a typical day in your role?
Firstly, I’ll check my diary to get a handle on the day’s meetings and calls. Then I’ll make a quick cup of coffee (essential) before answering emails and general admin work. Then I will get stuck in to candidate calls! Each day varies but my goal is finding quality candidates ready to send on the next shortlist to my client.
What’s been your biggest career accomplishment?
That’s an easy one. Winning the IRP Recruitment Apprentice of the Year award in 2017.
What’s been your biggest personal accomplishment?
Probably completing Tough Mudder. I’ll admit I didn’t do too much training. But I’m so proud that myself and the BPS World crew completed the course as one team.
I will always throw myself into anything I do because I’m a real adrenaline junkie. I remember approaching a skip full of ice water with my colleague Scott. He stopped to ask me if I was ready to jump in, but I was already halfway down a pipe heading straight for the water.
It’s an indescribable feeling once you’re in there to say the least!
What’s been the biggest professional challenge you’ve faced?
The adjustment to recruitment has been my biggest learning curve. Managing myself, managing people and figuring out how to handle the ups and downs that come with being a recruiter has been a journey.
That and having to pick things up very quickly when working across multiple teams. For example, sometimes you might only be given limited information on a job description, but you have to think smart and fast to ensure you fulfil clients’ needs.
I’d never been challenged like this before, but it’s been fantastic learning how to be versatile.
What or who has been the biggest inspiration in your career?
If I had to name an individual I’d go with Kelly (Laine, Head of Recruitment Delivery). We’ve worked together in engineering and she’s someone I have a lot of respect for. To see a female take such a leading role in our industry and reach her position of responsibility is a huge source of inspiration to me.
Her example shows me who I want to be and where I want to go.
Where do you see your BPS career journey going?
I’d love to go overseas and experience working for the business from another location. Thankfully we have those opportunities. Otherwise, I hope to complete another qualification with the REC and continue to develop my career.
How do BPS help you achieve your goals?
The Learning and Development team are amazing. They’ve told me exactly where I need to go when I’ve let them know the direction I want to push myself in. And my team leaders are great at keeping on top of my Personal Development Plan and making me aware of how I can achieve my goals. The business has always been extremely supportive.
What advice would you give to future apprentices and those thinking about apprenticeships?
Don’t be afraid to jump into something new or something you love. If you just go for it, you’ve got nothing to lose and you’ll come out the other side with far more than you came in with.
What do you like most about your role?
Talking to people, learning about people. I’m intrigued by what makes people tick and why they do what they do. I’ve gained a great understanding of different industries and roles with technology playing a key role in that. Tools like Whatsapp and social media have made candidate relationship building easier and more fun.
What’s next on your career bucket list/what’s getting you fired up every morning?
Right now, it’s working on a Graduate Programme for one of our biggest Clients. It’s my third year working on the project and each year it gets bigger and better. It’s pure recruitment – going through applications, sending out tests and then the big assessment day. That’s a real clench moment but it’s fantastic seeing it all come together, and it really strengthens our relationship with the client.
What’s been your best night out at BPS?
The now infamous summer boat party! What a fantastic night. I’m surprised no one went overboard…
If you had to give one piece of career advice to others…
Do something you love and don’t waste time doing anything else.