It seems strange to think that Graduate Transitions opened for business six months ago today. The time has gone by in a flash and it has been enjoyable, educational and exhilarating. Here are a few of the things that I’ve learned:
- The thrill of winning my first project was like nothing I’ve ever felt before.
- Professional networks are invaluable – AGCAS, AGR, PlaceNet and NASES have all given me great opportunities to get out, meet people, listen, learn and contribute.
- Twitter has been great too – a re-tweeted tweet led to an opportunity this summer.
- The sense of isolation has been hard to adjust to, especially after working with such a fabulous, engaging and vibrant team at City. A wise man called Hugh Jones (@hughjconsulting) warned me that I’d miss the personal validation that we get from the chat at the coffee point every morning, and he was right.
- Being a little bit OCD is very valuable if you are a freelancer – you have to be well organised. My love of a good spread sheet has reached a whole new level.
- I enjoy coming to London a lot more now that I don’t have to commute in the rush hour every day!
- You never know where a conversation will lead. I’ve been lucky enough to win work thanks to the briefest of chats that led to a recommendation that led to an enquiry that led to a project.
Setting up on my own has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done, as well as one of the scariest. If you are thinking of doing something similar do get in touch – I’d be happy to share my experiences.
Finally, a huge thank you to all the individuals who have helped me with advice, encouragement, the offer of a chat, and the occasional coffee / beer / glass of wine. Your support has been much appreciated.
Here’s to the next six months.