Getting to know our newly-promoted Senior Consultant, Josh Carter-White
Lockdown may have just ended, but that’s not the most exciting thing to happen this week at Deltra. We are happy to announce that one of our tech and telecoms consultants, Josh Carter-White, has been promoted to Senior Consultant.
Josh has been with us for almost four years, and we are proud to be the ones to advance him to the next stage in his career. Really though, it’s all down to his hard work.
We sat down with Josh earlier this week to find out more about his career prior to Deltra, what this promotion means to him and how he has found working remotely.
First of all, congratulations on your promotion! Could you shed some light on how you came to work in recruitment?
Thanks, Minesh. Since school, I was interested in buying and merchandising, so my first jobs were in retail. I loved the sales environment, and I worked hard and rose through the ranks until I was managing a flagship high street store, where I stayed for some years. I got my first taste of recruitment there, hiring staff internally for the store, and I really liked putting my interpersonal skills to use. It was only about a quarter of my role, but it just felt right, and I thought it was a great opportunity to transition into something else.
I actually had a job offer from somewhere else when I met with Deltra, but something clicked right away.
In my first recruitment position, I was at a large organisation that hired senior people for retail stores. I didn’t enjoy it that much at first because I found myself getting really stressed and without much support. After about a year, I decided it was time to move and contacted a rec-to-rec firm who set me up with loads of interviews. I actually had a job offer from somewhere else when I met with Deltra, but something clicked right away. On our second meeting, we went out for a drink, I met a lot of the team and learned about the culture – I had a gut feeling that I would fit in from the start.
Starting at Deltra felt like starting from scratch in recruitment because it was totally different. Deltra doesn’t just see people as a pound sign and the team really helped me understand where I flourished and where I needed extra support.
That’s great to hear. What are you looking forward to most about being a Senior Consultant?
To be honest, just having the ‘senior’ label is very validating for me. I’ve been working as a Recruitment Consultant for a while, and I feel like I have earned the recognition. It comes with more respect from clients, and it makes it clear that I’m working hard and progressing – even if it makes me feel a bit older! Obviously, more money is an incentive, but having the title means a lot to me.
In terms of my role, I don’t think much will change just yet. I’ve been trying to act like a Senior Consultant for a while because I wanted to show that I was ready for the next step. It’s important to celebrate the wins – and I am – but I’m already looking at what I need to do to reach the next level. I want to build my own career and help Deltra grow as a result.
Well, you’ve been doing good work here and you certainly earned the title. Now, lockdown has been hard for everyone and you even spent some time on furlough this year – how have you found it?
It’s been a mixed bag. My social life has taken a hit like everyone’s, but I’ve also saved a lot of money. Even while I was on furlough, some of my previous placements got started and brought in extra money, so I don’t want to complain too much. I think it’s important to look for the positives in the situation, even though it’s been hard. Lockdown put things into perspective for me, so I feel like I’ve grown up a lot and it’s made me more determined to succeed.
I also feel like working in lockdown has made me work smarter. Because I’m isolated from my teammates, it forced me to go out of my way to collaborate with them. I do miss the atmosphere of the office though because we’re such a close-knit team. I can’t wait to get back.