Taking the Initiative

Taking the initiative is key in any situation, whether in university, business or anything else in life. When you are truly passionate about something, you will naturally approach it with a driven attitude to turn your ideas into reality.

Initiative

When you are truly passionate about something, you will naturally approach it with a driven attitude to turn your ideas into reality.  Taking the initiative is key in any situation, whether in university, business or anything else in life.  All that is required is for you to make sure you are continually challenging yourself and everyone else around you to achieve the best outcome, by going above and beyond the minimum required level of effort.

One way of taking the initiative can be through speculative job applications.  It can be easy to assume that most jobs coming out of university is advertised on the largest graduate recruitment websites, such as Milkround or Prospects.  In fact, many jobs will require active effort to source, on other websites, including using social media.  Some employers are also willing to accept speculative applications from candidates with the right attitude whether they are applying for a role which has been advertised or not.

Nicky Oliver, Business Development Director at E3 Consulting, originally worked in the Insurance sector in a sales capacity covering the Southern Home Counties. Once she had worked in the Insurance sector for five years and had gained the Insurance qualification, the "ACII", she knew that she was capable of far more and desired to work in the "City of London" within the Fund Management industry.  She knew that she was unlikely to be able to achieve the kind of position she was aiming for by going through a recruitment agency, since she was moving sectors, and wanted to be at a much higher level of responsibility.  She was of the clear opinion that the best way to create this sort of opportunity was through speculative job applications.  Therefore, at the time - 1995 - she obtained the black book - the "Crawford’s Directory of City Connections" and she applied speculatively with a tailored letter and curriculum vitae to various institutions.  Nicky obtained a Business Development position with Cazenove Fund Management.  The position had not been advertised anywhere and in fact was created out of the successful interview process. Thus, speculative applications, applied and followed through with drive and tenacity, can and do work, although of course there are no guarantees. 

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