Thursday, 7 November 2013

Sir Alec Reed meets Royal Holloway MBA candidate Amy Sharath

Sir Alec Reed is widely recognised as an iconic figure in the recruitment industry and must rank as one of the greatest social entrepreneurs of our times. A long time friend of the School of Management Sir Alec enjoys meeting with bright Royal Holloway entrepreneurial students every year.  MBA candidate and IT recruitment professional Amy Sharath said "Being present in one of Sir Alec Reed's seminars was truly a once in a life time experience. His energy and enthusiasm, even at the age of 79, were incredibly inspiring and totally infectious."  

During his talk to eager students and academic staff Sir Alec, founder of Reed recruitment found on many High Streets nationally, emphasised the importance of coming up with at least one new idea everyday and to resist the temptation of judging it too quickly.  Amy felt this was her big takeaway.
Sir Alec shared several anecdotes from his early life which clearly highlighted that failure is an integral part of success. He encouraged every "Wannabe Entrepreneur" in the room to be impulsive, creative, innovative and curious. Having had a chance to talk informally with Sir Alec Amy was struck by his warmth and generous spirit. She reflected "As a professional recruiter and a great admirer of  Sir Alec, I aspire to literally follow his footsteps someday."   

Royal Holloway MBA candidate Amy Sharath meets Sir Alec Reed
Amy Sharath joins the 2013/14 MBA full time cohort having worked for a number of years in the IT recruitment industry.  Having completed her undergraduate studies she joined R2 International an emerging IT Recruitment & Staffing company, based in Bangalore, India and worked there for 5 years. R2 recognised Amy's potential early and despite her relative inexperience, was given the opportunity to start a new business unit that focussed on delivering of IT Contractors with skills in the German software SAP.
Amy has closed major deals with Fortune #100 companies such as Arcelor Mittal, Total Petrofina, Levi's, Ferrero, Accenture  and maintained the relationships, growing them into some of her companies top clients. Within its first year of operation, the SAP Recruitment division became the highest revenue generating business unit in the company.  Amy, despite being widely recognised as a star performer, decided to take a year out and study for an MBA to enhance her overall understanding of businesses and broaden her experience beyond the head hunting and recruitment. 

Inspired by Sir Alec's session Amy concluded "I have been very successful growing the SAP business at R2 International and this makes me extremely confident that after I complete my challenging MBA journey I will be more than prepared for an exciting future career, where ever this leads."