My Internship at Elliott Scott HR
By Denise So
My decision to study biochemistry was largely based on which topics I enjoyed the most, with little thought towards career prospects (amateur mistake, I know). But sitting in a lab from 9 to 5, counting cells under a microscope, and borrowing results from other groups after my own experiments completely flopped, has definitely raised the question of whether a career in life sciences is really is the right path for me.
If I were asked for the main reason behind choosing to intern at a recruitment firm, I would definitely say “the diversity”. Both in the backgrounds of the professionals I would get to interact with, and in the unique requirements for each job to be filled. In that sense, it’s not that different from the limitless variety and complexity that drew me down the route of science to begin with.
Stepping into the office on my first day, I had no idea what to expect. Would I be spending the entire two months making coffee and photocopying documents? Or would I be completely buried under a mountain of assignments from day one?
Turns out I needn't have worried. Elliott Scott found the perfect balance between assigning a manageable quantity of work, and leaving enough time to explore the database and get to know the people around me. I was gradually introduced to the role of a researcher, starting with a small number of administrative duties (searching for job vacancies, uploading candidates onto MD, posting job ads). Over the course of the internship, my responsibilities steadily expanded to include candidate sourcing, job ad writing, and market mapping.
I was encouraged to ask questions, given fantastic advice on how to improve my LinkedIn profile, and gained valuable insight into the do’s and don'ts of job searching through formatting CVs and sitting in on candidate interviews.
I even had the opportunity to take part in some less conventional, but equally memorable, activities - from professional beer pong training (no, seriously), to guessing people’s ages (sorry Tony), and a test of creative interpretation (the Elliott Scott logo actually has quite the interesting meaning!).
My eight weeks with Elliott Scott have flown by, leaving a trail of wonderful memories: my first real job, a chance to apply my skills in a completely different environment, an incredible assortment of lunches, invaluable experience in the world of recruitment, and above all – free knowledge.
I would like to end by expressing my sincerest thanks to the entire ES team for taking the time to share their expertise. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to spend this summer with such a great team, and will be sure to take with me all that I have learnt as I move forward in my professional and educational endeavors.