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Taking the Plunge

Are you someone who likes to take a risk?

Do you enjoy the thrill and the adrenaline rush, or, do you prefer to keep safe and take the route that you know. We talked to Abigail Lim from our Singapore office, on how she got into recruitment.

Risk taking is not relative when it comes to your career. Some people take huge risks to set up their own firm while others are low risk takers and prefer a somewhat ‘cushy’ job knowing that they will get a nice pay cheque at the end of every month. Both can be equally happy at the end.

I consider myself a moderate risk taker and decided to make a switch from a sleep-deprived job in the world of Event Management into something that I could enjoy, get a good night’s sleep and still work with people. I was on the lookout for a new job when a recruiter that I was working with at the time, posed this question to me – “Would you like to try recruitment?”

The recruiter I met seemed nice and while they were showing me around the office I suddenly thought “why not?” Looking back, it was a shallow and somewhat childish decision to make, how could I even think about changing a career based on the office looking pretty? I still vividly remembered my first day of work – I had a desk, a laptop and a phone. I sat down and it suddenly dawned on me that I did not know what I was doing! Suddenly the next moment, I was on the phone trying to have conversations with strangers! Who would have thought that this would be my new career?

I am now in my sixth year of recruitment and have progressed from being the one who was being trained to training new recruiters. I recently bumped into the recruiter who took a chance and asked me the question and it turns out that we both working in the same building! ‘It’s a small world after all,’ well it certainly is in recruitment.

It has been a fruitful 6 years and I think I will continue to enjoy this for many more years to come. So, are you looking for a second career? Perhaps recruitment is also your answer.

  • Feb 12, 2014
  • Careers , Culture
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