The third part of our series of interviews on the career paths at Investigo features Julian Wakeford, Manager of our TMT and Professional Services team. Julian joined Investigo in August 2017, covering interim accounting and finance recruitment. Having had no prior recruitment experience, he was put onto the Investigo training programme to help his development, and quickly took on more and more responsibility. Now, three-and-a-half years later, he is managing the team covering all areas of accounting and finance recruitment for qualified and part-qualified professionals into the tech, media and telecoms sectors.
What made you choose the management route?
It wasn’t an easy decision. However, I decided to go down the management route ultimately because it boiled down to one thing – my propensity to try and help others. I was proud of the development I had been through, the progress I had made and I wanted to try and help others achieve the same.
There is no denying that as a manager of people, you have other added responsibilities such as assisting the team wherever they may need. As a result you have less time to focus on your ‘desk’ and individual billings. Mentally I was okay with that, I was okay knowing that I would have less time to bill for myself and would instead use this time to help upskill those in the team I had helped to develop.
Ultimately, there’s the feeling of creating an environment in which the team want to succeed for themselves, along with the rest of the team.
How can you be successful in the management route and what are you targeted on?
To be successful in the management route you have to understand that you no longer come first (all the time)! At Investigo managers are still expected to bill and I personally believe that should be the case, because you continue to hone your skills while practicing what you preach. However, you will have less time to do it and therefore organisation, and working out what is most important, become imperative.
In terms of targets, these are twofold: personal billing targets and total team billings. However, in addition to this you are also targeted on the growth and development of existing members alongside the expansion of the team.
Oh, you also have to be a previous circus performer because you’ll be juggling lots of things at the same time!