My best career mistake, leaving stockbroking and becoming a recruitment consultant. It’s the age-old cliché that no one leaves university with the intent on becoming a recruitment consultant. Its like a calling, recruitment finds you! I have never heard a child when asked “what do you want to be when you grow up?” answer a recruitment consultant, and I can hardly blame them. Our chosen profession does not have literal fires to put out or medicine to dispense or allow us to travel in rocket ships to the moon, so it’s very hard to engage the youth that ours is and can be a very sort after service (regardless of the muppets out there that play at being consultants).
So my best mistake was (to my families horror) leaving a well paid job working for a prestigious investment bank to become a recruiter. Fast forward 15 years I get to live in a tax neutral jurisdiction offering HR and recruitment advice to the worlds biggest financial institutions and rounding off the day on the beach. It has also afforded me the luxury of travel, meeting my wife and enjoying everyday what I do. Everyone at the time thought I was crazy luckily they were wrong! Which is why I often tell people to follow their gut instinct, it's so often right.
What’s your best career mistake?