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LETTER FROM BATH PLACE


What’s up at the AGR office


Vivienne Wootten When I came for my interview, literally on the way to Heathrow airport prior to a family holiday to Florida, I had no idea how exciting the world of graduate recruitment would be. I hit the ground running as day one involved running the IT Sector Focus group. Since then, my feet haven’t touched the ground. I have an extensive background in event management, membership development and marketing and have worked for a range of membership associations. My most recent position was with the British Dental Association, which has around 14,000 members and runs an annual conference and exhibition attracting 5,500 delegates. I have also worked with the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, the


Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy as well as the Investment Property Forum, a niche membership organisation in the City. I am therefore looking to bring a wealth of experience to the AGR. This is a very exciting time as we look to engage better with members and improve the relevance of our offering. The Member Satisfaction Survey was dispatched in December and responses were received from over 100 of our members, which is great news! We will be using the feedback from this to consult further and help shape the AGR. In addition, I will also be looking to recruit


new members, which is seen as fundamental to ensuring that we continue to represent the sector.


This is


a very exciting time as we look to engage better with members and improve the relevance of our offering.


Plus, I will be leading on the management of the Development Conference on 1st March and the Recruitment Conference which is taking place this year in Manchester from 22nd-24th June. Busy, busy, busy!


Samantha Gudsell After taking a job at AGR, I left the mountains and (numerous) sheep of Mid Wales behind for the bright lights of London and graduate recruitment; to become the Membership & Events Officer. This is a whole new and exciting industry


for me; one I’m still negotiating my way around. Having an extensive background in events, and more recently, marketing in the hospitality industry working at a large restaurant and theatre complex, I was keen to present myself with a new challenge both professionally and personally, and what a healthy challenge it has been! As with Vivienne, our first day comprised of our


…the


first event and it’s been 100mph ever since. Even in that first IT Sector Focus group I attended, the relevance and importance of AGR in today’s market was palpable, matched with the interest and gusto of the team to increase this relevance. It has been a great learning curve to help the organisation with a variety of events; one which I suspect will continue over the course of the year. We have a very busy but exciting first quarter ahead with the Trade Show and Development conference quickly approaching. Whilst my experience in this industry isn’t


extensive, my enthusiasm is, and I am really pleased to be a part of AGR at such an exciting


relevance and


importance of AGR in today’s market was palpable, matched with the interest and gusto of the team…


time for us. Though I’m still getting to know names and faces, I’m genuinely looking forward to meeting and connecting with more of our members over the course of 2016!


www.agr.org.uk | Graduate Recruiter 07


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