I joined Economit in January 2014 having had first-hand experience of the financial benefit of working with Economit when reviewing and implementing a new CRM system. Their appeal being their truly independent ethos. As a business we didn’t have a designated IT Director and so the role had been split between team members who showed interest, not competency. What I had failed to see prior to our engagement with an outsourced IT Director was how much time and money I would have saved had we had their involvement far earlier in the process. CRM had become the most debated and time consuming topic in our office, the productivity lost across the business was immense – and having survived 2 previous implementations in other businesses I had recognised the need for an independent advisory service that wasn’t biased towards a specific product. By working with Economit my expectations were truly realised in that our business needs were finally being met through a flexible and transparent service that I could call upon when required.
3 years later having spent 19 years working in the engineering, IT and technical recruitment sector, the prospect of a career change to work for an IT company was both daunting and exciting. Whilst IT and technology had always been an interest – I didn’t feel I would have the knowledge required to sit in a consultancy capacity, but the operational challenge and chance to be involved, grow and develop a service I truly believed in won me over. What I have learnt from my career change is that a change of this nature doesn’t mean leaving your knowledge behind, as amongst the many new skills I have learnt I also quickly discovered that I had developed a vast array of skills that supported rather than hindered my transition into Economit.
For example: as a recruiter I had extensive experience in understanding and deciphering business strategy and company goals. That ability to assimilate and understand a business’ true drivers and what it intends to achieve is the basis of our IT assessments and it is this detailed analysis that ensures that we can deliver the best technical advice and solution to suit a client’s needs.
Equally, through our IT Director Service, we have been involved in skills assessment and departmental reviews that in turn have resulted in delivering resource structuring, sourcing and management to ensure our clients secure the best technical skills to fulfil their objectives. Having always fought for client time to gather the information required to deliver the best results as a recruiter, I now sit with a business through the delivery of a 3 – 5 year strategy, subsequent project scoping and delivery. By this point I know the business inside out making our resource structuring service an effective by-product of what we are already delivering strategically. I believe my experience here has been invaluable in adding further value to our range of services and client services.
In conclusion, a shared belief in offering a service based around integrity and trust drew me to Economit. I have been amazed at how our services have empowered our clients to massive commercial gain with their technology engagement. On a personal basis it has also confirmed that it is never too late to search out a new challenge.