Matt Wadling

Moving from University to Recruitment

Studying at university is a great experience: you meet many people, have a great social life and learn many skills that will prepare you for the “real world”. True, you also have to complete lots of coursework and have sleepless nights during exams, but all in all, it is a very unique experience.

The challenge comes right after graduation: what do I do next?

Many graduates know exactly what they want to do after they complete their degree, especially when studying for very linear careers such as accounting or medicine; some even have already one or two jobs offers lined up. However, other graduates are not so sure about what direction to take, which is very common when their degree is open to lots of different career paths, for example, Business Management, History or languages.

According to recent research, 52% of graduates in the UK work in an industry or career that is not directly related to their degree. Businesses are aware of this and are happy to hire all types of graduates because they know the value of their transferrable skills, but also, because having the right personality and attitude is the most important thing for most jobs.

What skills are employers looking for?

Regardless of the particular skills that you learned in relation to your degree, there are two skills that you have learned at university that will help you in the professional world: you know how to manage and be responsible for your own work and your own results, and you know how to socialise and network. These two skills can make a difference in a working environment and are key for some careers, such as recruitment.

At Whitehall, we are always looking for graduates who are interested in working in the recruitment industry. In fact, some of our Senior Consultants and Team Leads are graduates and have never looked back. We asked some of them about their experience and this is what they said:

Freedom to control your own work and earnings

“I studied Lighting and Sound at University. It sounded a fun and glamorous career, but it was actually a very repetitive job with no social life. It is a very linear career path, meaning I could not easily move to another branch, like finance or accounting. I made the jump into recruitment because no experience was needed, and the earning potential seemed much better. I am now a Senior Consultant and I have been transferred to the office in Frankfurt, where I am gaining international experience. Recruitment also feels like being back at uni – you have the freedom to manage your own work, and you get out what you put in, just instead of good grades, you get a higher income.“

Joy Allison

Great social life

“I studied Marketing at university and enjoyed the busy social life and meeting new people. I decided to work in recruitment to be able to continue the networking aspect but at a more professional level. I speak with clients and candidates on a daily basis and sometimes also meet them either in business or more casual environments. I also enjoy spending time with my colleagues – we have a really cool team! I have been at Whitehall for seven years now and I am really enjoying it: I have the social life I wanted, I feel successful and I have the ability to earn more than I would if I had followed my degree path. “

A fun and active job

“I studied Drama and Performing Arts at university but I worked mostly in hospitality so I was always busy and talking to lots of people. The thought of working in an office never appealed to me as it seemed boring. I joined Whitehall a few years ago and I have never been bored. It is a very active job, and every day is different. The most important thing to me is that I can actively make a difference in my earnings. My advice for graduates would be to give it a go. You never know until you try. You have nothing to lose and lots to win. “

Other perks of working at Whitehall

  • An international atmosphere (think London without the long commute).
  • You will be working for one of the “Best Small Companies” in the UK.
  • We like to socialise and have fun at work. We organise events for charity, and we also have Christmas and summer parties.
  • Catered food when we hit big company milestones!
  • We have an in-house training team. You’ll first attend ‘boot camp’, where you are introduced to recruitment, the candidates and clients you’ll work with and the software you’ll use. You then receive ongoing training on a variety of topics – sales, technology, leadership and more. Learning and development never ends.
  • We like perks and incentives – we have themed meeting rooms, a ping pong table, a pool table, a fun breakout area and incentives such as lunch clubs, the use of company cars and a Portugal villa that you can use when exceeding your targets.
  • Depending on the seniority of your role and the team you are working in, you could also be visiting clients, whether it is within the UK or abroad. Our international clients are from six different continents and are usually based in business hub cities such as Prague, Dubai and Copenhagen.


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After working at Whitehall for a number of years now, I look back and wonder why I didn’t get into recruitment sooner. The company values, team spirit and the atmosphere is what makes Whitehall the place to be. On top of that, the commission structure, company rewards and career progression are second to none and I am excited for what my future holds and the goals I can reach.

Nicola Saxham - Senior Consultant – International (DACH) team

Since I started working at Whitehall, I am the happiest I have ever been in my career. The company really do look after you and I enjoy coming into work every day. The operations team always get included in all the incentive schemes, so no one is ever left out. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for me here at Whitehall.

Keeley Bell – Operations Coordinator

I have worked at Whitehall for a long time now and it has been a pleasure to be part of the company’s continued growth. It is an exceptional place to work, with a family orientated mentality, and you are rewarded for working hard and being dedicated. I have loved my time here so far and look forward to progressing further.

Jason Wood – Credit Control Supervisor

Whitehall has really helped me curate my career into one I can be proud of – starting as an admin assistant,  I was promoted to the Facilities & Senior Administrator after just 18 months! Just recently, I was part of a project to help the company become Carbon Neutral, which is the best news!! The camaraderie of the whole team is wonderful, and I would thoroughly recommend Whitehall to anyone who is looking to kickstart their career into something amazing!

Abbie Elwood – Facilities & Senior Administrator

I joined the company as an entry-level consultant in the newly formed Key Accounts team back in 2010. Throughout those years I have progressed within the company and have had multiple promotions along the way and have never once looked back. At the moment, I’m looking to continue the growth of my team by adding to the current headcount and in supporting their development to help them to achieve their aspirations.

Adam Edgell – Associate Director – Key Accounts Delivery

The environment here is second to none, I am constantly learning and improving thanks to those around me and from the support of my managers. This is a company that rewards hard work and gives you all the tools you need to develop and succeed. I would recommend Whitehall to anyone, from those looking to start their journey into recruitment to those who already have a number of years’ experience as you will be joining a close-knit team and have the opportunity to thrive and work with some of the best in the industry.

Nathan Joseph – Principal Consultant – UK Permanent – ERP & IT Client Development

Since joining Whitehall Resources, they have given me the opportunity to grow and develop from a trainee position. Whitehall Resources is the ideal company if you are looking for career progression.

Kirsty Small – Contracts Administrator

I joined Whitehall with no experience in recruitment or IT and I could barely use a computer myself. Since joining, I have built a career and a joined a family here. I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity I have been given and the guidance I have received from my managers and colleagues (friends). With hard work and a bit of tenacity, Whitehall can give you the chance to change your life for the better.

Jacob Lee – Executive Consultant – UK SAP Contracts

I joined Whitehall Resources with zero recruitment experience and a background in pharmaceuticals. Fast forward six years I have been promoted on multiple occasions and can vouch first hand that Whitehall Resources is a great place for career progression whilst having lots of fun along the way. On top of the career available you get to win lots of incentives including holidays abroad and overall, it is a great place to work.

Georgia Pike - Executive CSM - CSM

After joining Whitehall, I have really found myself within recruitment and even achieved rookie of the year! I am continuously learning and growing. I am looking forward to challenging myself in the future and seeing what I can achieve here at Whitehall.

Hannah Pile – Consultant – UK SAP Perm

I joined Whitehall in late 2015 as IT Support Engineer and have now progressed to Team Lead. Whitehall is a fantastic place to work, where hard work and a strong work ethic is rewarded in both Sales and Operations alike.

Dan Appleby – IT Team Lead