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Confessions of a recruitment intern

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Over the last year, Rachel Henderson (promptly christened Hendo by the office), has worked at Peace as an intern.  This is often a euphemism for "tea-maker" but we really do try and give our interns (we take one person every year from Napier University) scope to develop new skills and learn about the world of recruitment.  Rachel kindly agreed to write a blog piece (she didn't have to!), describing her experience with us and what she thinks about recruitment in general and Peace in particular.   

 

"Having never experienced a full time, 9 – 5, office-based job I really wasn’t sure what to expect from my year-long placement at Peace Recruitment. Consequently, it was with some trepidation that I joined the company as part of my sandwich degree course at Edinburgh Napier University, a scheme that Peace has supported and been involved in for four years now. 

I was very aware that joining a large, corporate organisation as an intern often involves one being lumped with mundane admin tasks and making the coffee. Pigeonholed as simply ‘the student’ rather than a respected employee, the main responsibilities for many (based on conversations I have had with other students) seem to involve a filing cabinet and the scanner.  Fortunately for me, Peace being a growing SME, it was made clear this would not be the case. I was told that my role as a placement student was to add value to the company and this is what has happened. I was exposed to all aspects of business operations and learnt the ins and outs of the recruitment industry. From daily support for the busy consultants in the office to attending networking events such as ESH Group’s ‘Build My Skills’ programme (an employability skills programme for secondary school children which Peace has been involved with for five years), my work has been varied and interesting.

The impression I’ve gained of the construction and recruitment industry over the past year has generally been really positive. The contractor/freelance market has really taken off for Peace and, in turn, the ‘Temp Team’ has grown from two to four consultants, opening up a number of promising avenues for the coming months. As the construction and engineering sectors are also experiencing noticeable growth in demand for skilled people, there has been a really consistent job flow across all our sectors, with some of the leading consultancies and contractors reaching out to Peace directly. 

Despite daunting construction-related headlines in the news, I have witnessed first-hand Peace growing from strength to strength. I’ve been involved in the significant upgrade of the Peace ‘pad’ from Ferry Road to our large new office in Haymarket, watched four new, experienced consultants seamlessly fit in with the team and, partly as a result of this investment in new talent, the last few months have seen highest number of candidates being placed since I started in August 2017. I have no doubt they will continue to prosper in this competitive market!

My placement year with Peace was memorable for all the right reasons, not least some of the interesting characters who make up my colleagues! If you’re looking for a career change give them a ring.  If they treat you as they have treated me – with the professionalism they promised and then delivered – you’ll not regret it."

Rachel Henderson, (ex) Intern, Peace Recruitment

 


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