MP visits NHS attraction and retention specialists creating jobs for graduates in Carlisle

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As NHS attraction and retention specialists, we are passionate about creating opportunities locally, just as we do for NHS organisations. Our CEO and Founder, Rachael Bagshaw, is passionate about nurturing young talent in the city and in the past six months, we have welcomed seven amazing graduates into the team!

Carlisle MP John Stevenson visited the team to show his support in creating opportunities for young people to grow and develop in Carlisle. Stevenson shared exciting plans in developing Carlisle’s city centre in the hopes of attracting people to the city. With a culture of taking care of local talent and growing our city, our Founder Rachael stated:

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"I am passionate in not only retaining great minds to the region but attracting them to help the economy and expansion of this great city."

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Lets hear from some of our graduates…

When asked what made her consider Just R, our companionable Candidate Consultant Alicia Van Rotterdam was keen to use her degree in primary education and spotted a opportunity to grow within the business:

“There are ample opportunities to grow within the business! I recently began my journey at Just R on the Graduate Rotational Programme, working as a Candidate Consultant. With my undergraduate degree in Primary Education; I really enjoy inspiring, mentoring and supporting others to be the best they can be. It is fantastic that I have now been given the opportunity to take on a leadership role, to train and empower new Candidate Consultants coming into Just R.”

After graduating as a nutritionist, Holly Harper started her role as a Candidate Consultant at Just R back in January. Since this time, she has gained insight in attracting key talent into the NHS and has recently been promoted to Junior Project Manager! She thinks:

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"There were very few appealing entry level roles in Cumbria- until I came across Just R. Just R is both a challenging and rewarding place to work with a far greater purpose than your average 9-5, and I am very glad I chose to apply!"

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Our Web Designer Zoë Van Rhyn-Behm started her journey at Just R back in February coming all the way from Dubai! Originally from South Africa, Zoë has decided to pursue her career in Carlisle, bringing her design expertise to create brilliant recruitment websites for the NHS. Here is what Zoë has to say about her decision to come to the border city:

“I would have never thought I would end up in Carlisle after graduating university! Carlisle is definitely different from what I’m used to, but it really has a lot to offer. The place was just the cherry on top of being able to work for a great business as Just R! I feel challenged, supported and trusted in my existing skills and where I want to grow and develop towards personally and professionally.”

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As for our shining team members who are not-so-recent grads…

While not recent graduates, our Project Managers, Amy Cockton and Sophie Burgess, both originally from Cumbria, moved away to pursue their careers, eventually coming back up North hungry for opportunity.

Here is what Amy had to say on her decision to come back to Cumbria:

“I moved away from Cumbria to pursue my degree with no real intention of coming back due to a perceived lack of opportunity. Fast forward to now, and I am so glad that organisations like Just R exist in Cumbria. I truly believe that young people are vital to the local economy and so long as businesses strive to retain local talent and allow spaces for graduates to flourish- the future for the area looks exceptionally bright.”

 

While Sophie wanted to come back to Cumbria for her love of the lakes, she did not expect to find an opportunity at its heart:

“Opportunities for young people in Cumbria are sparse. I found it really hard to imagine myself in Cumbria after finishing University, even though I loved living so close to the Lakes and the countryside so much! I also struggled with finding my own path and understanding what it was that I wanted to do, and then Just R came along! It’s amazing to have the opportunity to work for a company whose mission it is to positively impact the NHS – and to do that alongside an inspiring group of people is an added bonus. Just R have opportunities for everyone and you can explore and develop your skills while you find your path”

Here at Just R you can work hard and play hard, with our friendly and compassionate team we make things happen with room for growth and development both professionally and personally. Have a look at some of the things we get up to here! (link to Instagram). Are you a recent graduate deciding on your next step? With our office in the historic heart of Carlisle and the lakes on our doorstep, there is a lot to do here – get in touch:

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