First jobs and career paths, Rachel talks to We are the City

1st May, 2019

First jobs, career paths and how a team comes together for success. This blog is about building blocks and how your employment shapes you.

We Are the City is an organisation of some 120k members which helps businesses attract, retain and develop their female talent. Support and collaboration are so important in life and business.

They run regular events and networking and offer careers advice and guidance through their website. We are delighted that they recently featured Rachel in their Inspirational Women editorial.

Rachel talks about her career, her previous roles and how she came to work with us at Cranford.  She also comments on gender disparity and having a strong work ethic discovered as a 13 year old washing up in a busy pub kitchen. Career progression was making it to waitressing! A riverside pub which was hugely successful, Rachel went on to work in the owners corporate property services company as a manager many years later!

Being successful is all about drive, determination and striving to do the best you can.  As a Cranford team, we all started somewhere and recognised that we had the desire to succeed. The company is a decade old this year, started by David and Penny who had a vast background of resourcing and IT and software sector experience. A strong vision and a desire to build something of real value to our customers.

First Jobs.

A discussion we had recently in the office was centred around first jobs. They are a rite of passage into the adult world of responsibility and accountability.  Penny was a waitress in a coffee shop in a hotel and remembers the chocolate eclairs fondly. A busy environment of multi-tasking, a skill which is still one of her strong points to this day.

Alex worked in a clothes shop in the White Rose centre and was renowned for his customer focus  even back then. Wanting to try on 20 items was not an issue when Alex was covering the changing room! Matthew had a stint working on a supermarket fish counter and many a run in with enthusiastic dogs as a postman.

Fast forward to now and there are many plates to spin working within the technology industry, providing reliable resources and solutions. The pace of change that organisations face and need to react to means we have to have the ability to recognise trends and pressure points for our customers even before they have seen them. This focus comes from building strong relationships. It’s a skill learned over many decades of experience.

The foundational skills we utilise at Cranford were laid right back at the beginning, when our first jobs as teenagers made us understand the importance of delivering outcomes and the consumer-centric world. It is true that experience is what shapes who you are and what you become. Finding and trusting the right people to collaborate with so there is mutual value to each organisation is an integral part of future proofing your business.

You can find out more about the range of services we offer here.

The full article for We are the City features below

Inspirational Woman: Rachel McElroy | Sales and Marketing Director, Cranford Group

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