Michaels journey to becoming a Director at Detail2
Congratulations Michael, how does it feel to be the Director of Hospitality at Detail2?
It’s a great feeling and feels like the culmination of 5 years of hard work, blood sweat and just a few tears!
5 years is a short space of time to work your up from Resourcer level to a Director of a division. What has that journey been like?
Coming into recruitment with no experience in the sector was a real shock to the system coming from 7 years in hospitality! It’s been a huge learning experience and I feel like I’m a very different, much less naive person than I was 5 years ago. There have been some really challenging periods but I’ve somehow managed to come through the other side each time, and learn from my mistakes.
What key factors have been instrumental in getting you there?
As cliché as it sounds, resilience, tenacity and hard work. The difficult periods I went through would have been enough to make anyone question what they were doing but I always try to be balanced in my approach to work. Recruitment is ups and downs and you can’t only sing when you’re winning! It also goes without saying that having the support of the senior team and a great bunch of people around me makes it a lot easier.
What are your future plans for the Hospitality Division?
We’re at a really exciting phase in our evolution where our headcount has grown, we’ve brought in some great experienced people and we’re making real strides at diversifying into other subsectors of Leisure. This will be instrumental to our continued success and will help to make us more resilient to challenges specific to any one subsector. My long term goal is to grow the division to 25 people which means we’ve got a lot of work to do, but in turn this will also create amazing opportunities for people to develop further in their careers and also see the creation of some more specialist roles which I think is amazing.
What advice do you have for people striving to progress their career?
The first thing you need to do is understand what’s important to you in a job/career. What are the non-negotiables, what are the nice-to-haves, what are the pipe dreams? Once you’ve established these (and it’s important to revisit these over time as your priorities can change massively), find a position or career path that suits you and stick with it! Don’t settle for something you’re not happy with or challenged by, and during the rough patches keep focussed on the big picture and stay positive.