Name: Gareth Mason

Position: Managing Consultant, Michael Page Finance

How did you get started in your chosen career?

After retiring from rugby I spent six years in corporate finance. I noticed that Michael Page were looking for ex-sportspeople to join the business and applied for a role that was being advertised. Over the course of several conversations with people in the business I began to realise that Michael Page were able to offer me a lot of things I wanted in my chosen career that corporate finance didn’t have. Therefore it ended up being an easy decision to join.

What does your role involve?

I am responsible for our finance recruitment business in West London. In short we match businesses with accountants. Our clients range from owner managed SMEs to FTSE 100 businesses. I manage a team of four.

Can you describe a typical day?

This is almost an impossible task! My weekly plan has usually gone out of the window by 11am on Monday. This is actually part of the fun though – the role is hugely varied and no two days are the same. On a weekly basis I meet with clients to understand their business needs and meet with candidates to understand their career aspirations and how we can help. With the future in mind we also consider the needs of the West London business.

What’s been your career highlight?

Michael Page is a meritocracy, much like rugby, where hard work is rewarded. The promotions I have had would have to go down as highlights. I’ve been part of a team that has achieved record results for the business which I am proud of.

Does your company offer work experience opportunities? How could these benefit RPA members?

Michael Page offers paid internships which give a good insight into the industry. In terms of simple work experience I would be more than happy to take someone wanting to explore recruitment as a career option after sport.

What advice would you give to a player wanting to enter your industry post-rugby?

I’d say you need to come and see what it’s like – you will be surprised. It’s not a job that is that easy to explain in writing or even over the phone – though I’m happy to try!

Salary expectations for your chosen industry (not specific to your current role – general guide)?

This is very much dependent on experience but £30,000 is a general guide for a good recruitment consultant

For work experience opportunities please speak to your RPA Personal Development Manager.

For more information please visit: http://www.michaelpage.co.uk/