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“There was a personal touch that made all the difference.”

Making a leap from one career path to another is no small feat, especially when it involves a change in industry and location. Jonathan, who was an auditor living on the Isle of Man, knows this journey well. 

Jonathan's career transformation began in 2018 when he reached out to Robert Walters. Seeking a new adventure and inspired by his passion for Manchester United, his sights were set on Manchester. 

"The recruitment process can be quite stressful, especially when moving to a new place, whether that be a city or a new country altogether,” says Jonathan. Thankfully, he had Robert Walters by his side - enabling him to transform his career and achieve remarkable success.  

"Robert Walters really helped focus my job search in terms of location, the type of role, and in which industry."

“There are so many different job opportunities out there and until you really narrow down the type and location of role you are looking for, it can be a bit overwhelming.”  

With Robert Walters' guidance, Jonathan set his sights on a new direction - to transition from his auditing role to a dynamic position in the finance industry. "I was looking for an opportunity in industry where I would gain experience of working in a finance team on a day-to-day basis and the various responsibilities that entails," Jonathan explains.  

This change was not without its challenges. Transitioning from auditing to finance meant mastering new accounting systems and reporting intricacies.  

"The biggest challenge was adapting to the changes both in and outside of work. Coming from practice, I had no experience of accounting systems and all of the different reporting that is necessary, particularly at month end. Adapting outside of work was challenging as I was moving to a new city far away from home." 

Given these challenges, Jonathan's Robert Walters consultant knew dedication and a personalised approach would make all the difference in Jonathan's career transformation. "Robert Walters really understood the type of job I was looking for and what was required for me to make a good first step into industry."  

Thanks to his resilience and Robert Walters' expertise, Jonathan was soon offered an interview with kitchen products manufacturer, Franke. The Robert Walters' consultant supporting Jonathan went the extra mile by meeting him for coffee at his hotel to discuss the interview and help him prepare for subsequent rounds.

Jonathan's career trajectory has skyrocketed since joining Franke in 2018. His dedication and determination resulted in promotions, ultimately leading him to his current role as Cluster Financial Controller. 

"By understanding what I was looking for as a first move into industry, Robert Walters helped find a role that would enable me to grow and develop in the future."

The involvement and unwavering support of his recruitment consultant, coupled with Robert Walters' expertise, played a pivotal role in shaping Jonathan's career transition. As his story exemplifies, the right guidance can transform a crossroads into a pathway of success, no matter the challenges.



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