The Faces of Professional Services Week: Leah Bracha
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Leah Bracha, Resourcing Consultant, Royal Bank of Scotland
How long have you been working at your current employer? 6 months (since September 2015)
How do you travel into work each day? Walk
How would you describe in no more than two hundred words your working week?
My working week is varied! Working in a large professional services organisation means that alongside my day-to-day job, I am involved in a whole range of other things such as projects and volunteering. My normal day usually consists of face-to-face meetings and conference calls, speaking to people internally across the UK business as well as people externally, and working with multiple teams to get things done. It’s a very busy, dynamic and exciting environment to be a part of!
Outside of the workplace, but still very much part of my working week, is the additional volunteering I am involved in. I am a member of Aspire’s Talent Committee and through this I have built relationships with other young professionals across the city and developed experience in things totally unrelated to my day job such as events or marketing! I am also currently mentoring a student at the university I graduated from!
What do you most look forward to doing during your week at work?
I really enjoy getting together with my team, either face-to-face with those who are also Birmingham-based or on the phone with others based across the UK! We have regular weekly meetings where we catch up on what we have all been doing in the week, sharing ideas and discussing opportunities for new projects.
What is your favourite lunchtime haunt?
Friska, it’s just opened in Brindley Place and they do a fantastic Halloumi Salad Box!
What are the top three things you love about working in professional services?
1.The buzz of the city’s BPS businesses arriving to work in the morning or when you’re out and about for lunch
2.The networking opportunities available through the industries we work with
3.Buying nice dresses for work!
During the past month- describe what has been your working highlight?
I volunteered for the Health & Wellbeing team within my department and we organised a whole week of events to raise money for Sport Relief including a bake sale and a sweepstake across 4 major office locations!
What made you decide to go into a professional services career?
I always wanted to work in that environment with the lifestyle I associated with a professional services career – Monday to Friday, the buzz of a city and the hustle and bustle of fast-paced, dynamic industries.
At what point in your life did you realise that working in professional services was for you?
I used to work for a recruitment agency that recruited across all industries and sectors. It was the innovation and dynamism of the professional services companies that always stuck out to me. Companies in the private sector always have to be on top of their game and this means they are fast-paced, bustling centres for new ideas and creative ways of doing things.
What is your favourite aspect of working in professional services?
The culture and environment – both the professionalism but also the ‘work hard, play hard’ attitude that you often find in professional services companies.
What your favourite way to wind down after a day at the office?
A meal or drink at one of Birmingham’s many wonderful bars or eateries!
What other jobs did you consider before deciding on a career in professional services?
I can’t say I did – I fell in to professional services by chance but knew instantly it was the place for me!
If you could give one piece of advice to anyone thinking about a career in professional services what would it be?
Keep your options open! People new to their career often feel they must settle on one industry – property, finance, legal – whatever it may be, but the beauty of professional services is that they are so closely intertwined and you can often start in one and end up in another!
Broaden your horizons, do your research, speak to people working in those industries and go with whatever feels right for you.