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20 Jul 17 - 12:00AM Carl Marotta  | Skills Alliance blog

The Story of an International Relocation

When I was 12, I wanted to be a shoe designer in Paris. When I was 16 I wanted to be a Journalist. When I entered my first year of University, I was on a Pre-med track and hoped to be a Psychiatrist or Ophthalmologist. Sophomore year I switched to English Literature and then somehow ended up in a very small town in the north of England with a Masters in Ancient Philosophy.


Now? I’m a Recruitment Consultant in the Pharmaceutical industry with Skills Alliance and living in London.


If you had told me that this is where I would end up, I would have bet a fair bit of money that you were wrong. Firstly, I had absolutely no idea what a Recruitment Consultant was, and secondly, London? That doesn’t sound like Paris, Greece, San Francisco or New York.


In any case, here I am, and I could not be happier with my career or my life and it really is all thanks to Skills Alliance.


I met Skills Alliance after I finished my degree at Durham. I knew that I wanted to stay in the UK/Europe to live and work, so I applied for every job I saw, went on hundreds of interviews and tried to convince companies to sponsor my visa. As you might imagine, companies aren’t very keen on investing in a random American college grad with a humanities degree, so this was quite tricky. However, throughout this frantic search, I was fortunate enough to be introduced to recruitment and subsequently Skills Alliance.


Out of all the interviews I went on, people I met, career paths I discussed and offers I received, Skills Alliance was by far was the most attractive and memorable. It’s hard to pinpoint the exact reasons, but I would put it down to three main criteria:


  1. Culture. Everyone I met was genuine, intelligent, curious and passionate. The office environment was positive and engaging in a way that seemed natural and was clearly the result of good staff selection.
  2. Role. The approach they took to recruitment was much more specialized that any of the other companies I spoke to. They were really market experts and the approach was more consultative rather than numbers driven. The role was hands-on, goal-oriented, creative and autonomous – which is rare to find as a recent grad.
  3. Opportunity. They gave me the opportunity to move to the UK. Of course, I needed to prove myself first (I was a recent grad with no prior experience after all), but from Day 1 they set me a target and gave me the chance to achieve my goal. 


So it goes, I moved to NYC, helped to build our US business, hit my targets, and Skills Alliance moved me to the UK. I could not be happier to join our London office and I cannot thank Skills enough for investing in me and supporting me to achieve this.


Getting to this point has taken a lot of hard work: long hours, difficult conversations, cold calls, 1000s of dials, lots of research and many training sessions with my Managers. Recruitment is not an easy career, but it is one of the few where you are truly in control of your own success. It also offers opportunities that are difficult to come by as a recent graduate: to live abroad, earn an uncapped income and go on many reward-driven incentives. On top of this, it’s an incredibly satisfying career. Nothing comes close to the feeling of helping an individual to obtain a new position that betters their situation and career. The excitement in this really makes it all worth it.


It’s been an incredible journey with Skills. I loved working in our NYC office and watching it grow exponentially in the space of a year. While it was difficult to leave and a huge transition, I am so happy to be in our UK office now and to have finally achieved this goal. I cannot thank Skills enough for believing in my potential (as cliché as it sounds!) and supporting me to get here.


If you’re interested in working in recruitment, whatever your goals may be, I highly recommend speaking with Skills Alliance. If you’re interested in moving abroad in recruitment, I am also available to discuss my personal transition. Thanks!