Progression opportunities are there and ready to grab if you want them, especially in merchandising and installation – as we found out from Bluestones One’s Installation Director, Mark Pye.
How did you start your career in merchandising and installation?
I initially started my career as a temporary worker for an agency working up and down the country. I then progressed from working for a small team to a much larger team. It was then that I was given the opportunity to become a Team Leader and then eventually a Supervisor overseeing a much larger national team of merchandisers and installers.
During this time, I was still a temping for the agency I originally started with, but then I was given the opportunity to work for one of the companies I had been temping for as a Coordinator. It was when I was working for this company that I progressed through a variety of roles like Regional Coordinator, Project Manager, Senior Project Manager and Account Manager.
Did you think when you started working in that original temporary role that that kind of progression was available to you?
Personally, I didn’t think it was possible to do when I first started. As I started to learn more about the industry though, I realised that progression opportunities would become available. In this industry, the more knowledge you gain and the more willing you show, the more likely you are to impress the company you are working for.
How did you progress to becoming Director of Bluestones One’s Retail Division?
I worked in the Account Manager role for around 7 years. During that time, I built up a large network of contacts and gained a wealth of knowledge that gave me the confidence and the platform to be able to launch my own business.
What training and qualification opportunities were open to you when you were progressing through all your different roles?
There were a whole host of different training opportunities available to me that I didn’t realise I could do. During my time temping and in permanent employment, I gained on-site qualifications in operating scissor lifts, forklift trucks, and a whole host of other machinery. I also had the opportunity to take team leader training, and gain certification from SEIRS and SEMA.
Once I reached the site management level roles, I was gaining NVQs and health and safety qualifications. Then once I was at manager level, I was receiving training so I could train people!
Do you think those kinds of opportunities are available to individuals starting in the industry now?
If you can show willing and you want to learn and you want to progress, then these opportunities are readily available in this industry. It’s not an industry where you can stagnant.
What opportunities are available at Bluestones One?
At Bluestones One, we believe in giving our candidates the opportunity to progress from entry level all the way to supervisor and beyond. The opportunities are there and available to those who want to take them.
What advice would you give to anyone who wants to get into the industry?
Work hard and keep learning. In this industry there are constant advancements, so show willing, be open-minded, be consistent and grab training opportunities when they are offered to you. Companies are more likely to notice you if you display those qualities. And never forget, you’re only as good as your last project.