In life, you never really know how your choices will work out but back on that fateful day in 2013, I joined STR, initially employed to support the business in the development of a new market. Nine months into my career at STR however, I was invited to establish an architectural presence for the business; a sector that STR had never worked in before and a decision that certainly paid off for all of us!
STR believed in me and backed me in starting a new venture. They supported me to grow my own team, and when the time came, they allowed me to design and build a specialist architectural recruitment brand, based on my passions. STR enabled me to choose the name, help design the website, make the business completely paperless, and develop initiatives to tackle inclusion in architecture: ‘urban’ was born.
We’re now operating multi-nationally, and I’ve seen my ideas win accolades such as the Business Charity Awards and the REC’s Diversity Champion. I look back at my career so far with pride at seeing how many people who have joined me as trainee consultants have seen their own careers flourish in our business.
STR has been instrumental in helping me fulfill so many lifetime goals. They invested in me to complete an MBA in Strategic Leadership, and due to the partnerships I’ve developed for the brand with our charity of choice, Blueprint for All, I’ve run marathons in London and New York, delivered presentations in Chicago and traversed the tallest mountains in the UK!