Gin Bhandal - from Researcher to Principal Consultant
Having spent six months working as a Graduate Researcher at Odgers Berndtson from July 2007, I decided to join Berwick Partners (at the time known as Odgers Select) in January 2008, to take on an exciting opportunity. The move was to establish the role of Researcher/Resourcer in what had historically been an advertised selection recruitment process; in effect, I was the first Researcher to work at Berwick Partners, shaping and embedding the role over the course of 2008. Even in those early days of my career, I recognised Berwick Partners as a dynamic and ambitious organisation. This was exactly the kind of environment I wanted to progress my career within.
In early 2009, there was a chance to become an Associate Consultant and work across volume recruitment projects and assignments within the public sector. This was a perfect role, giving me the flexibility to work with different organisations and get a taste of where I might want to specialise going forward. I had the chance to work within a great team, headed up by a Partner who afforded me many opportunities to develop.
During this role, I also managed our team of nationally based Researchers. I had a great time in this job, especially helping to develop the graduates using the same approaches that had helped me to create the Researcher role back in 2008.
In January 2013 I became a fee-earning Consultant, the role which I had spent the previous five years developing towards. Berwick Partners put in place some fantastic training and development programmes to help me progress and take on significant client facing responsibilities. After successfully establishing myself as a Consultant and helping to build our newly formed Education practice, I was promoted to Principal Consultant in December 2016.
I am hugely grateful for the chances I have been given working at Berwick Partners. I genuinely enjoy working with the people here, and the variety of the important work we do keeps me on my toes. I can wholeheartedly say Berwick Partners has invested in me and helped me to develop a successful career to date.