Shining the Spotlight on Julia Robins
This week, we are shining the spotlight on Julia Robins, who is currently the PA to Head of HR & CFO at a top Investment Banking Company. Read all about Julia’s journey, and the advice she would give to anyone wanting to follow in her footsteps!
Describe your typical day
“Every day is completely different! My main role is Assistant to Head of HR and CFO, which makes every day very diverse in itself, but I also look after all the temporary candidate bookings for the UK, so that can also have its own challenges! I plan my day each morning, but am very aware that most tasks will move around, depending on what gets sent my way, especially as I have to make myself available for my two managers. I will regularly get urgent or last minute temp booking requests, so I will have to work with Strictly and the internal teams to make sure everything is set up by the time the candidate arrives.
Usually, I will have a meeting with both managers to catch up on everything that needs to be done, moving meetings around in the diaries where necessary and booking any travel that may be required. I often get involved in the HR projects, so those can also take up a large chunk of my day.”
How did you get your job?
“I got my role through referral of a close friend of mine, I instantly knew that this was the role I’d dreamed of for a long time and within 3 days, to my delight I was offered the role! I’ve been in this position for 2 years now and I’d like to think I’ve become an integral part of the business. My role challenges me on a daily basis and I wouldn’t have it any other way”
What is your favourite thing about your job?
“I love how different each day is. No two days are the same, I always have new tasks to complete and learn something new every day! It’s very hard for me to get bored when there are so many new things going on each day.”
And the least favourite?
“Sometimes, it can be difficult planning my day while juggling all the requests that come through. As much as I love the fast pace, sometimes it would be nice to stick to the plan I make each morning!”
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced?
“When I left school, I really didn’t know what I wanted to do with my career. It was a struggle finding something that I really enjoyed, but utilising my organisational skills and the fact that I have always been in admin based roles, I have finally found a career that I really love.”
What has been the highlight of your career to date?
“In my first PA role, I was lucky enough to work at a rather famous castle that is used as the filming location for a TV show. I was part of the team that planned and ran an event in commemoration of the centenary of WW1. It was really hard work with long hours, but seeing the whole event come together was so worth it!”
What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone starting out in your field?
“You have to be able to stay positive and on top of everything. Even if you are doing 100 things at once, you have to appear calm and in control. Never be afraid to ask questions and get to know the person/people you are supporting.”
What do you do in your downtime?
“I love travelling to new places, spending time with friends, family and my gorgeous Siberian Husky and occasionally I love binge watching a new TV show.”
“I can’t live without…………”
“My phone and my planner. I’m honestly as organised outside of work as I am while I’m here!”
Published by Strictly Recruitment.
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