From Dublin to Melbourne and back again
Scott Fitzgerald manages the information technology recruitment division in our Dublin office. He discusses his move into recruitment, the culture in the Dublin office and how making the move to Ireland helped him progress his career at Robert Walters.
How did you get into IT recruitment?
After four years working for a banking technology company in Ireland, I was keen to broaden my knowledge of the technology sector. I decided to seek new opportunities abroad and moved to Melbourne in search of a new technology role. The tech market is very competitive in Australia, particularly in Melbourne. A few months later, I met an associate director at Robert Walters through an acquaintance. He introduced the idea of working in recruitment and explained how my industry experience would add value to a recruitment role. I was intrigued, so I attended an interview at Robert Walters and very quickly realised that working in IT recruitment would be a great opportunity to work with an exciting range of technology clients.
After living in Melbourne for 4.5 year’s, I knew it was time to make the move back home to Ireland. I met with Louise, the MD of Robert Walters Ireland, and quickly decided to continue my career within the Group. I was made principal consultant for the Technology division, with the goal to build out the team and establish ourselves within the tech market.
Why did you want to work for Robert Walters?
The opportunities to progress my career were a major attraction for me. I’d taken a side-step in my career and I was determined to start moving up the career ladder. I was impressed by the company’s focus on progressing its people and the opportunities available both nationally and internationally.
How were your skills transferable?
My international industry experience has given me a great grounding for the role. Being able to demonstrate a clear understanding of my clients’ requirements, pain points and confidently discuss trends in the industry really adds to my credibility and helps build trust with my clients.
How has your career progressed since you joined the company?
From the very beginning, the management team have been excellent in acknowledging my personal career goals and providing me with the tools and support I need to achieve them. As a result, I’ve been able to move up the career ladder very quickly. Within 18 months of joining the company in Australia, I was promoted to senior consultant and shortly after, I became manager.
After making the move back to Ireland, I was made principal consultant for the Technology division. Louise has been excellent in allowing me the initial opportunity to gain an understanding of the Infrastructure market in Ireland. Ultimately, my long term goal is to grow out a team of consultants who are enthusiastic about the tech industry.
What do you like best about your role?
Having had an incredibly supportive management team from the moment I started within the company has helped me achieve my career aspirations. Working as a recruiter guarantees variety; you never have the same conversation twice as you’re working with so many different clients and candidates. I really enjoy the diversity of the role – it means there’s never a dull day!
In addition, having had the opportunity to work with international companies and find professionals who trust me to find them their perfect role is highly rewarding.
Why join the Dublin office?
The Dublin office is really diverse with a great mix of personalities, but everyone is ultimately united in their effort and dedication to delivering the best possible result. There is a really strong team based culture, as a result, share each other’s successes and seek to take the positives from any negative situation.
What advice would you give to someone considering a move into recruitment?
Don’t be afraid that you’re not the ‘right type of person’. Recruitment is an incredibly diverse industry and enriched by people from a variety of backgrounds. At Robert Walters, you have the opportunity to learn from a wide range of professionals and shape your own style of working. It’s a very innovative environment, so if you’re a problem-solver with the drive to succeed, there are ample opportunities for you to grow your career.
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