In recruitment we talk a lot about transferable skills and you might be surprised how many recruiters have made the most of some unlikely previous careers. It doesn’t matter what your previous background might be - dancer, cricketer or actor - certain skills are most definitely transferable.
From a career treading the boards, to dancing up a storm and bowling out Indian cricket sensation Cheteshwar Pujara, those working in recruitment are drawn from incredibly diverse backgrounds.
In this issue we speak with three professionals about what they did before they started in recruitment, how they ended up in the sector and the skills they have transferred into their new careers.
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At just 12 years of age, Erin Devlin found herself in her first paying job. It wasn’t child labour, more a labour of love as she embarked on a career as a professional dancer.
Erin (pictured right), the Managing Director of people2people Recruitment Victoria, believes many of the skills she picked up as a dancer have been critical to her career in recruitment.
Erin explained that her career as a dancer was different from many, with dancers usually training until the age of 18 before joining a professional company.
“I was incredibly lucky to have a child role with The Australian Ballet at 12 and then moved on to picking up an adult role with same company when I was 14, which was unusual,” she said.
“It was a lot of hard work and required a lot of determination and focus and drive to spend seven years working as a professional dancer with The Australian Ballet, its offshoot the Dancer’s Company and the West Australian Ballet.
“It is both physically and psychologically hard work and although I was feeling very fulfilled at that stage, I was also physically and mentally ready to explore other areas of my life.”
Erin spent two years working as cabin crew with Emirates Airline where she had the opportunity to explore the world “in a five-star way which was really nice” before looking for something a little more À terre (touching the floor) to build a future career around.
In 2007, she applied for a temp job through Drake International and was hired by Drake the same day where she found herself working for their training division.
Erin explained that once she was approached to join Drake, she was drawn to the opportunity to “explore businesses and people and h