Mason Alexander – Staff Spotlight!
What did you want to do as a kid growing up?
I was always passionate with art in school and would spend hours on end in the evening sketching. Funnily I had applied to do a portfolio course on my CAO form and ended up doing Quantity Surveying in the end.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
Footing turf on the bog. The work was tough but I had a good group of mates and was my first summer job so I still have good memories from it.
What is your role MA?
I'm a Senior Principal Consultant working on the Technology team covering permanent roles. Most of my time is spent in Data and UX Design roles at the moment
What’s your favourite thing about working at MA?
The people, I know that can be cliche but everyone here are genuinely friendly and want to help each other out. It just makes the days easier and more enjoyable when there is a positive vibe within the business. We look to solve problems with a positive outlook irrespective of the situation. I was also doing a 4-hour commute each day so remote working has been a blessing!
Would you recommend MA to friends/colleagues? Why?
100% it's a fantastic place to work and develop your career. We have really strong relationships with our customers and always put them first. In turn, you will learn the power this has and it makes the day job easier. Management also put trust in everyone to give them autonomy and give support when needed but you have nobody breathing down your neck and can get on with the day job without the politics
Can you recommend any habits that have helped your professional life?
Structure and a well-thought-out daily/weekly plan. Organisation is key to success in recruitment and couple that with efficient hard work and success will be guaranteed.
What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
Go travelling, I've done plenty over the past few years across North & South America, Asia, and Cuba. I've found it really helps in building up relationships in this industry too. The technology industry in Ireland is so culturally diverse and it's great to bring up old memories and stories from someone else's home country.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Don't get consumed by work it's vital to have a work-life balance and with our flexible hours and half-day Friday it really helps to work around your own schedule.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Back yourself! Recruitment can have plenty of ups and downs along your career but its important to stay positive and look at the bigger picture of what you have achieved if you stumble along the way. Hard work and determination breaths success.
What's your biggest achievement?
I've just welcomed my baby daughter into the world and hands down it's the greatest feeling in the world. I'd have to rank that as my top achievement.
What skills do you think are essential to have to be a recruiter?
Hard work, organisation, along with determination & focus