We spoke to current Barrington James employees who started their career in Political Science/Law graduates, questioning into how the transition was and if any crossovers occurred, as well as why they decided on the change.

What made you decide to pursue a career in recruitment over law?

  • Coming out of university, I didn’t realise how expensive it is to continue pursuing law! Looking into recruitment and speaking to people in the industry it was clear that the job has transferrable skills, it was also a great way to continue developing my confidence, attitude and work ethic whilst making good money!
  • A career in recruitment offers more autonomy over your workload than a legal career. I liked the idea of being responsible for my desk with the rewards being directly proportional to the effort that I put in.
  • The job market and stability. When I graduated, we were in the heat of the 2020 election and there weren’t any perm roles in the Raleigh area. Had I taken the chance to work on the Biden campaign, there was no guarantee about having a job past Nov 2nd. I wanted stability, so I moved away from politics to a similar field, which was recruiting.

    What crossovers have you found between your degree and your recruitment role?
  • The hard work! Like in law, there is no success overnight. You get what you put in out of recruitment and the more effort and dedication you put in the more rewards you receive.
  • Resilience, organisation and problem solving.
  • Being able to understand peoples’ motivations and effectively communicating with a variety of people seem to be the biggest crossovers.
  • Marketing, cold calling, fundraising, debating, convincing people to want to hear you out, and most important to my job, research.

    What skills have you developed that aided you in recruitment?
  • Organization, tenacity and ambition!
  • A large part of my degree involved advocacy; using my skills of persuasion to sell my argument, react to counterpoints, and “argue my case”. Being able to think quickly and sell the benefits of a role, that you know would be perfect for a candidate, is imperative for success in recruitment.
  • I think being analytical is a good skill to have for recruitment. Gaining a deep understanding of the pharmaceutical industry and my market (Market Access/HEOR) takes time, but I believe my background has helped with that.

    What correlation have you found between those who studied law, and those working the US recruitment market?
  • I feel like we all have the ability to speak with different types of people and understand their skills and motivations, all while having a level of empathy.
  • There are a lot of us. The fields are similar. Both really competitive, both are people-focused, driven, high-energy, and fast-paced.

    Has recruitment always been a career-choice? Had you considered it before Barrington James?
  • Recruitment wasn’t an option for me at first, coming out of university I was adamant to stay within the field. Looking back at it now I wouldn’t change a thing! Recruitment has given me the chance to develop financial freedom.
  • I started to consider recruitment after graduating. I had done some legal work experience and both the workload, and the working environment seemed dull. After exploring the responsibilities of a recruitment consultant and seeing how lively the BJ sales floor office was on my interview day, I knew that I wanted a career in recruitment at Barrington James.
  • I am also a people-person, so getting to speak with people on the phone constantly was something I was comfortable with. Specific to Barrington James, I chose this company out of others I was in process with because of the management, structure and the culture.

    What advice would you give to those currently studying a law subject who are thinking about a career in recruitment?
  • Go for it! There is nothing stopping you from being successful outside of Law. There also aren’t many jobs with such earning potentials so quickly after university!
  • Recruiters are some of the friendliest people going so my advice would be to reach out to people in the industry and have a chat with them! If you want a career which offers fantastic earning potential, responsibility from day one, and a great social scene, then recruitment is for you.
  • There is no limit to your earning potential and the buzz you get is exciting (much more than in Law!).

Contact Jakub, Hannah, Jason, Victoria and Abigail on LinkedIn to hear more on this topic!

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