In honour of International Women’s Day on Friday, we’re profiling some of our most talented women each day this week. Next up is our Jenna Finnie, one of our Scottish superstars. She tells us about her journey from the back office to recruiting for one of the largest banks in the UK.
1) Tell us about your journey so far at Lorien
I joined Lorien seven years ago. I was initially working in the Pre-Employment Screening team; I loved this role and it really built up my confidence. That was a big help when a year later I became a Resourcer. Our team provides IT and Digital contractors to one of the largest banks in the UK so it was a demanding role, but really fun!
I later took the leap into account management which, again, was a massive learning curve. But I was lucky enough to have a supportive team around me for help.
2) What have been some of your highlights since joining?
Where do I start? Every year we have an annual company-wide conference, which is the best day of the year! At one of them, I won Resourcer of the Year. But the best award was when we won Team of the Year. We’re all very close and it’s the best feeling winning something together.
I have also been lucky enough to attend our incentive trips abroad – this was an amazing experience, especially watching a couple of our directors sing a duet of Ice, Ice Baby!
3) What type of support has Lorien provided to you during your time here?
I have been really lucky with the support of my managers, who helped me make the jump into account management. I learn a lot on the job, especially as client needs can change regularly. But I always have the support of management and the team around me. I think it’s really important to be comfortable speaking to the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and asking for their advice.
4) Do you have any advice for women looking to get into recruitment?
Work hard and, most importantly, enjoy yourself! You spend so much time at work, so pick an environment where you are comfortable. I would also say have a look at the number of women at any companies you are applying to, as that can be a good example. We’re lucky at Lorien that we have the CEO Claire Marsh as the biggest example; she rose from Resourcer to where she is now, so I look up to her.
5) What do you enjoy most about working here?
I know everyone says this… but 100% the people. I really do think I am very lucky, as I work with the best people and I consider them all great friends.
It also helps coming to work in a funky new office!