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Second test blog

I’m Georgia, a Principal Business Development Consultant at Keystream. As an agency, we specialise in supplying Digital, BI & PMO talent into the public sector, predominantly the NHS. 

In my role, I solely focus on winning new business and developing new areas of our existing accounts. Once I pull a job, I pass it over to the most appropriate 360 consultant to resource, and we split the commission. 

I’ve been in recruitment for almost 3 years and have only ever done it this way and I’m sure I don’t want to try 360, and no, I don’t hate myself. BD is fun!

How did your journey lead you to join the Recruitment Industry?

I studied Psychology at Cardiff University and originally wanted to be an Occupational Psychologist. My degree included a placement year, so I went to work for a psychometric consultancy that had developed a tool called Strengthscope which identifies your work-related strengths, i.e. what gives you energy! 

I joined as a researcher but on my first day had to complete the psychometric and all my strengths pointed to one career – sales! I was off the charts for enthusiasm, being results-focused, resilience and relationship building so (to my horror) they put me in their sales team for one day a week to ‘see how I got on’. 

At first, I was furious – I was so confident that sales just wasn’t for me but, the test was right, and I quickly fell in love with the role and transitioned my placement year into a full-time sales job. 

By the time I went back to finish my degree I had my heart set on a career in sales, and when I realised I could focus all of my energy on the business development side of recruitment I was sold! (plus what grad can resist the lure of the free ski holiday…)

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.

While mindfulness is something we all naturally possess, it’s more readily available to us when we practice on a daily basis.

Whenever you bring awareness to what you’re directly experiencing via your senses, or to your state of mind via your thoughts and emotions, you’re being mindful. And there’s growing research showing that when you train your brain to be mindful, you’re actually remodeling the physical structure of your brain.

The goal of mindfulness is to wake up to the inner workings of our mental, emotional, and physical processes.

What is meditation?

Meditation is exploring. It’s not a fixed destination. Your head doesn’t become vacuumed free of thought, utterly undistracted. It’s a special place where each and every moment is momentous. When we meditate we venture into the workings of our minds: our sensations (air blowing on our skin or a harsh smell wafting into the room), our emotions (love this, hate that, crave this, loathe that) and thoughts (wouldn’t it be weird to see an elephant playing a trumpet).

Mindfulness meditation asks us to suspend judgment and unleash our natural curiosity about the workings of the mind, approaching our experience with warmth and kindness, to ourselves and others.

How do I practice mindfulness and meditation?

Mindfulness is available to us in every moment, whether through meditations and body scans, or mindful moment practices like taking time to pause and breathe when the phone rings instead of rushing to answer it.