Ailsa Simpson

Product Manager

Ailsa Simpson

Ailsa, due to start at Bright Network in July, suggests using this time to reflect on whether your current role is making you happy

UK

City and country

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

When are you due to join the company?

Starting on 6th July

What prompted you to move to this new role?

I hadn’t been in my current role very long and wasn’t really expecting to move to a new organisation, especially in the light of Covid-19. I certainly hadn’t made it obvious to my network that I might be looking for anew challenge. A speculative approach from a headhunter made me question whether I might have more job satisfaction somewhere different.

How did you find this role?

I found out about the opportunity when a recruiter got in touch via LinkedIn. Working from home at present made it much easier to have an exploratory chat on the phone at a time when I would ordinarily have been commuting.

Overall what is the best advice you can give other job seekers?

Use this strange time as an opportunity to reflect on whetheryour current role is what makes you happy, and if it doesn't, then take advantage of the current flexibility you may have to explore other options.

For me job satisfaction is not just about a job title or remuneration but comes from having the autonomy to influence positive change, a clearly defined common purpose with my colleagues and of course a good work/life balance.

For the last part, WFH does have the potential to blur the boundaries on the working day. More meetings take place online, which is great for keeping communication up, but leaves less space to fit the work in around them. Its important to have an employer who broadly respects where your working day starts and ends in order to minimise stress. That said I would say that I have found WFH much more productive given the greater ability to shut off from distractions and focus on what I want to achieve.

What was your biggest positive surprise?

Despite not having met my new employer in person, I don't feel that I have missed out on anything during this process. Having the recruiter to guide me through each of the steps really helped. I have an employee handbook and plenty of reading material that I have been given in to get me up to speed,and I look forward to the onboarding process happening in July.

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