Changing firms

  • On taking a risk and moving to a more entrepreneurial role: Kristine’s advice is to make sure you are prepared for the role you are moving to. When Kristine moved to a small investment bank and was seconded as the head of Finance at Creams, she needed to hire and build up the finance function from scratch and also to have the knowledge of how to prepare the company for sale. The skills that Kristine developed at KPMG were not only necessary for success in her new role, but she knew that they would also come in useful in case the new role didn’t work out and she needed to find another job.  

This is an excerpt from the post written by Experience Share, based on their interview with Kristine Chong on 29/01/2021. Kristine has 10 years of experience in finance To see the entire post and listen to the audio, click here.

  • Karina’s advice on trying to move to a new role in a different industry: Karina successfully transferred from working at an investment bank to a finance and strategy role at the Estée Lauder Companies. She spoke to many people and eventually met someone who worked at the company she is currently at. Karina says that while you may not have experience in that specific industry or field, people can feel whether you have passion for that field and that is very important. When trying to meet people in the industry you want to work in, do not be afraid of simply reaching out to them, even if you don’t know them directly. Reach out to your second and third LinkedIn connections, your friends or your family friends, your university alumni networks. People are very open to speaking with you. However, it is important to be persistent – while people are generally very open about speaking and connecting with you, many people are short on time. You can approach these conversations as something that could be helpful to both parties – you find out more about what they do and hopefully teach them something based on your experience. Generally, day-to-day, listen to what people do – they may not be in the industry you want to move to but they may know someone who is. Being open to these meetings is important. Finally, give yourself time to find the job that you really want to do next. 

This is an excerpt from the post written by Experience Share, based on their interview with Karina Klocanas on 15/11/2020. Karina has 6 years of experience in finance and strategy. To see the entire post and listen to the audio, click here.

  • Kristi moved from working at a brand agency to the client side, which is viewed by many as a tricky move to make. She discussed several pieces of advice she would give to someone looking to make the same transition, or more generally, transition to another job: 1. Drawing on relationships that have been built up over the course of your career is important – this will help to get you to get a meeting with the target company. 2. Speaking to people in the team you want to work in or at the very least the company you want to work for will help you to look beyond the job spec and to unpick and visualise exactly what the job will look like. 3. Do not undersell yourself just because you don’t have exactly the experience required for the role. You absolutely have transferable skills if you’ve worked on the agency side and you may bring something to the role that someone that has come up vertically through the organisation may not.

This is an excerpt from the post written by Experience Share, based on their interview with Kristi Rennie on 25/10/2020. Kristi has 7 years of experience in marketing. To see the entire post and listen to the audio, click here.