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Division Director Career Profile— Female, age 31 (ID #3634)

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1. Employment Profile: What exactly does a Division Director do?

  What field is your job in?

Consulting Services/ Management

  What is your job title?

Division Director

  Please provide a brief description of the firm or organization that you currently work for
(size and general description of what type of organization it is)

I work for a 4.5 billion dollar Fortune 500 publically traded US based company that is focused on staffing and consulting services. We have over 350 offices globally.

  How long have you been employed in this position?

1 year

  How many hours do you work a week on average?

60+

  Please provide a BRIEF description of your duties and responsibilities. (job description)

As a division director I am directly responsible for managing a team of recruiters, sales executives and technology consultants. I manage client project engagements, ensure fair project pricing and oversee project quality assurance. I am also directly responsible for all typical management duties: employee retention, supervision and recruitment.

  What was your gross income last year? Please include any bonuses or incentives received.

93,000

  What is your expected gross income for this year? Please include any bonuses or incentives you expect to receive.

140000

  Please list any benefits you have (Please include number of weeks vacation, sick leave and type of health insurance, retirement plan 401k)

3 weeks of cto, multiple health insurance options including ppo, hmo and full dental options, company stock options, company sponsored insurance options life and disability, company perks programs like discount movie and sports events tickets and an employee matched 401k plan.

  Do you feel you are under/well/over compensated at your current position?

I feel fairly compensated but I do work very long hours.

2. Work environment!

  Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Explain

Working well with others is an essential part of my job. I enjoy the time I get to spend with my team and our clients. I like working with other people because it makes the day go by more quickly.

  Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?

Yes

  Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?

Yes

  Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it

I am required to collaborate with people at all levels of my organization from top to bottom and back.

  Please rank in order of importance from 1-8 (1- most important 8- least important) Assign each number once.

  • 2 Income
  • 1 Work Environment - co-workers
  • 3 Work Environment - supervisors
  • 8 Benefits
  • 7 Hours
  • 6 Level of responsibility
  • 4 The actual "work" you do at your job
  • 5 Job Title

3. How should someone new to the workforce get a J-O-B like yours?

  If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?

My job requires a graduate degree. I would suggest to anyone interested in holding my position that they start by focusing on education. Once a degree is achieved it is important to gain work experience as a consultant. It is difficult to be a successful manager without understanding the day to day life of the people you are managing.

  What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours? Please be specific and explain why (e.g., social skills, organization skills, technical skills)

Patience, stellar communication, organization and time management skills are critical for my position. If someone doesn't possess those attributes other skills are irrelevant. Beyond those core skills an indivdual who wants my job needs to have strong: project and people management, general math, social networking, industry technical knowledge and ability to learn on the fly. My job requires adaptabilty and life long learning skills too.

  Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?

Yes, my job requires a graduate degree.

  What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?

I would tell them to work on managing the high highs and the low lows. My job is very demanding and the work flow can be very cyclical. One minute your team can be experiencing the success of a project finished early and the very next minute you can be fielding a call from a justifiably frustrated customer who is unhappy with the service of your team. Typically the people who land in my job are used to a relatively high level of success. Learning to "check your ego" and recognise that managing some team failures is just a part of the job is critical to your success.



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