The road to recruitment

Dan Hawes is Co-founder and Marketing Director of the Graduate Recruitment Bureau.  He tells Charlee Owen how he created his business from scratch, building it into one of the UK’s leading specialist graduate recruitment consultancies.

Setting out as a humble Business graduates and unsatisfied with the prospects available to us, a fellow graduate and I began to develop a graduate recruitment company. Our concept of matching graduates with employers was the first of its kind over 15 years ago and soon began to snowball, building up our successful company, GRB.

For both of us it was high energy and drive that pushed the project forward, gradually employing experts with different industry backgrounds and soon helping clients like BMW, Accenture, Nokia and Barclays recruit the high calibre university graduates they sought after. We can now look back as a leading firm in an extremely competitive marketplace and know that the risk was definitely worth taking.

Confidence and drive was always something that came naturally to us and the solid business background helped solidify the skills that set our plans into motion. I learnt the basics through my degree discipline and year’s industrial placement and as soon as we struck on an idea we had a passion for we didn’t think twice.

Despite two recessions GRB are still growing and are leaner, meaner and ready to face new challenges. Recruitment is a hugely interesting sector and anyone thinking of joining us or a similar independent recruitment firm would not be disappointed. With graduates facing harder times than ever, GRB’s work is genuinely expansive and rewarding, so if you have an interest in it then opportunities to progress through the industry are wide.

For any young person thinking about starting their own business I would urge you to find something you are passionate about and go for it. You must be prepared to work hard, be self-sufficient and make many sacrifices along the way, but it can also be an extremely rewarding career to go your own way! Schemes such as Young Enterprise can be a good introduction to entrepreneurship, and of course studying a relevant degree can be helpful, but really it comes down to the individual – if you have enough personal motivation and a great idea, then success is always on the horizon.

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