Gillian Graham Head of Permanent Recruitment tells us what she did when she left school, how she started working at Allstaff and what she can’t wait to do when lockdown is over…..
What did you do when you left school?
I attended the Glasgow School of Art to study textile design.
Was there a plan?
Yeah, I was going to continue studying with a post-graduate in primary teaching but it didn’t pan out.
So what happened?
I started working in the family business, a commercial laundry run by my uncle. While working there I heard about a role working at Enable as an employment development worker and started with them a year later.
Did you like working with Enable?
It was a really interesting role. I was exposed to many industry sectors trying many different roles. I supported those with disabilities working in the workplace. It involved learning the role and then teaching the individual and supporting them in the role for 6 weeks.
How did you come to work with Allstaff?
While working with Enable I met the MD at the time at a council meeting. I was invited to Allstaff to chat to them about Enable. A few years later I saw they were advertising, applied and the rest is history.
Is there a skill you have the team might not know about?
I am qualified to play the piano to Grade 5 although I haven’t played for years. Two more grades and I could teach!
Has lockdown made you take anything less for granted?
Lockdown has made me grateful for a roof over my head, food in my cupboard and a supportive friends and family network. Whilst I don’t particularly like technology, I am very grateful we have been able to work from home and keep in touch with loved ones so easily. Never again will I take anything for granted.
Is there anything you have particularly been enjoying?
Having quality family time. Spending time at home with my son, crafting, cooking, reading and playing.
What’s the worst part about lockdown?
The worst part is the lack of physical contact with family and friends. In particular, it’s really hard not being able to hug my mum and dad.
What are you looking forward to doing when lockdown is over?
I can’t wait to cuddle loved ones, get back out for proper walks and cycles away from the house. Get out for a meal and have some child-free social time with friends and family outwith the house! I also can’t wait to get my hair done and my eyebrows waxed properly.