Ambition is an international recruitment agency with headquarters in Australia. We’re passionate about building better futures for our candidates, clients and employees by enabling people to find fulfilling careers. In the UK, Ambition focuses exclusively on business services recruitment for Professional Services (legal, accountancy, consultancy & property firms). We’re among the market leaders in the Professional Services recruitment market and are passionate about developing our employees’ careers. As a result, we have several long-standing experienced consultants that have been with us for many years. We recruit Director and C-suite to entry-level positions on a permanent, temporary and contract basis within the areas of: Finance & Accounting, Corporate Finance, BD, Marketing & Communications, Insolvency & Restructuring, Tax & Audit. We’re a values-driven business that operate in a collaborative, supportive environment. We work hard to succeed as individuals but also collaborate as a team. We’re looking for people that take their work seriously, but not themselves too seriously.
Small Business (10-49 employees) London Status: Recruiting
- Small, but perfectly formed
- Love what we do
- Game changers
- Growing every day
Daisy Chain Says
“Ask any employee what they like best about working at Ambition and they all say 'the people'. The culture at Ambition is rare for a recruitment firm - it's supportive, friendly and collaborative and employees are encouraged to work together to help each other succeed. The team genuinely live and breathe their company values through nominating colleagues that have gone above and beyond their job description. Every month, the MD takes the 'values winners' out for breakfast. It's rare to have such a collaborative environment in recruitment that goes beyond rewards for 'big billers'.”
Marguerite Clooney, Principal Consultant's Experience
Marguerite has been working in recruitment for over 15 years, specialising in temporary and contract recruitment within BD & Marketing. She is one of Ambition's most experienced and top performing consultants and has 2 children in primary school.
1. What were, or are, the biggest challenges you faced going back into the work place having had children?
Juggling everything – pick-ups, drop offs etc! I had a good support network which definitely helped but arranging all my childcare was a challenge as well as planning my time to make sure I was being as effective as possible as I couldn’t work late. I also had to adapt to the dynamics of the role - initially I took Friday afternoons off but then realised that this was when I was most likely to get calls from clients about new roles. So I changed my working hours to make sure I was available for those calls. To make the most effective use of my time, I ended up doing a lot of work in transit (and still do) e.g. emails during the commute. I feel like I now work smarter and use my time more effectively.
2. How did your career change after having children?
Previously I was in a management role but after having my first child, I realised that I no longer wanted the responsibility of managing other people. I wanted to rely on myself for billings and be fully responsible for how much money I could make. Ambition were very supportive in enabling me to move back to a pure billing role as a Principal Consultant and that better suited me.
3. How do you balance your career with your family?
I've had to be as disciplined as possible with having a cut-off point where I stop working and focus on enjoying quality time with my family and the kids. You do have to have flexibility when something is business critical, but most of the time, I don't answer emails or take calls in the evenings. Also, when I take holidays, I use that time to really switch off. I make sure I'm organised so that my colleagues have a good handover and can cover for me, then I don't think about work while I'm off so that I get that downtime. For me, it's really important to do this to recharge and avoid burnout, otherwise it can become all-consuming.
4. How has working for Ambition enhanced your family/ work life balance?
Having hybrid working, not needing to be in the office every day has really helped. My kids used to be in after school club most days but now I can do some of the pick ups and am not as restricted.
5. If you could give your ‘pre-children’ self, one piece of advice about being a working mother, what would it be?
Don't put too much pressure on yourself to be 'superwoman'. Don't try to do everything brilliantly - it's not possible! Like lots of mums, I do sometimes feel guilty about working and used to think that I was short-changing the kids, but at the end of the day, I really enjoy what I do and am well-rewarded for it and now that they're older they appreciate that. So my advice would be to just enjoy the variety of working and being a mum and realise that by working hard you're also being a good role model to your kids. Get a cleaner if you can! Be happy and enjoy what you do - and if you don't, not being afraid to make changes. Finally, don't neglect your own fitness and wellbeing. It's so important to keep on top of that and take time to exercise - in doing so, you'll have more energy to devote to your kids and your work so don't feel guilty about taking that time for yourself.
6. What is it about this industry that appeals to you?
I really enjoy building relationships with clients and candidates and having that repeat business where people come back to you and refer others to you is really rewarding. I also get nicely remunerated for doing well. I also like that I have the flexibility to structure my own day/week to fit around other commitment e.g. having all my meetings scheduled for days when I'm in the office. You do have targets and ongoing stress but if you can keep up with that then it's a really rewarding job.