My Brilliant Recruitment Career – Becky Oram
What was your earliest dream job?
A solicitor. I used to watch [US comedy-drama series] Ally McBeal and think I wanted to do that as a job.
What was your first job in recruitment and how did you come into it?
In construction and engineering. I was at a bit of a crossroads where I was doing some marketing work for the NHS and decided I wanted a career change. The agency was advertising for trainee recruitment consultants. I just thought I had everything they were looking for, so I went for the interview and got the job.
Who is your role model – in life or in recruitment?
My dad – he’s always told me to believe in myself and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do anything. He’s instilled that in me over the last 39 years.
What do you love most about your current role?
Every day is different. Working with schools and TAs [teaching assistants] – it’s really rewarding when I put the right TA into the right school to work with the right child. A lot of it is they are working with children with special educational needs [SEN], so when I hear about the progress the children have made because of the TA that I have placed, it just makes my job worthwhile – that’s why I love it.
What would you consider to be the most brilliant moment of your career?
Three or four years into my recruitment career, I was working with a large corporate and I managed to bill £21k in one month – I’d only been at the company four or five months.
What’s your top job to fill at the moment?
A lot of my appointments are SEN TAs working in either mainstream or specialist schools.
What is your signature dish?
I make a mean homemade lasagne.
Laugh or cry, what did your most memorable candidate make you want to do and why?
One of my TAs had taken her lunch break and was sitting in her car having a cigarette. She looked out the window and spotted two year three pupils wandering around the car park. So she threw her cigarette out the window, jumped out of her car, bundled the two children into her car and took them back to school. She didn’t even think that if anyone saw her it could have looked like she was kidnapping two school children! She had me in hysterics when she told me that story.
What’s the best or worst interview question you’ve ever heard?
Please sell me this pen.
What would you regard as your theme tune?
Eye Of The Tiger – Survivor.
Becky Oram head of SEN (special educational needs), Class People