Start early and find a mentor
It may sound a bit of a cliché, but my take on the journey to chartership is that it’s just that, a journey. Make a start early in your career, tackle it in bite-sized chunks, adopt a ‘little and often’ approach to assembling the application content and team up with a mentor, someone who’s ‘been there, done that’, to provide guidance and direction. JBA has a wealth of knowledge and experience amongst its 700 staff, and tapping into this certainly helped knock my application into shape.
Prepare and practice
Don’t be tempted to duck the opportunity for a mock interview or two. It’s an absolutely essential part of the preparation, a great opportunity to fine-tune any potential weaker elements. And importantly, it really helps with building confidence ahead of the real thing.
Take every opportunity
If I had to pick one core theme from my professional interview experience, it would be breadth – in terms of awareness, knowledge, understanding and experience across a wide spectrum of topics and issues. So exploit opportunities beyond the day job to develop knowledge in areas both related and unrelated to your area of work. Training and CPD opportunities are readily available at JBA and we’re all encouraged to attend webinars and make full use of our annual training budget.
Invest the time and make it happen sooner rather than later. It feels good when you see MCIWEM, C.WEM after your name! Good luck!
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