Hello, my name is Rebecca Robertson and I am the Client Support Coordinator at Merit Group.
I have always been creative and my passion has always been with History, Interiors, Fashion and all things textiles. Since a young age I have made gifts for friends and family, and made my own clothes and interior items. This love of textiles and my creative flair has translated into my education choices and being able to use my talents within my work and home life.
I studied Textiles, specialising in Woven textiles for three years at Winchester School of Art. I have my own loom at home and I love what I can achieve through hand weaving and when I was at University using the Jacquard loom also. I am very proud to say I showed my final major project at New Designers at the Business Design Centre, London, in 2014, as well as showing in the end of year show at Winchester School of Art. During my time at University lots of things changed within my personal life that made me take life as it came at me and embrace all life throws my way.
After University I began work at Boots as an Electrical beauty consultant, I was then asked to become a No7 advisor because of my attitude to working and caring for customers and my colleagues. I took part in training which gave me the tools to know products and the science behind cosmetics and skincare, this also enabled me to be more creative within my role and help customers find products to help them and make them feel at their best.
Working at a recruitment company is very different from working behind a loom or within a beauty hall. But I am still able to be creative and interact with our candidates and clients and do everything I can to help them during their time at Merit. The same goes for my colleagues and I endeavour to help them to the best of my ability.
In my spare time, other than staying creative, I love travelling and in particular visiting cities and I am lucky enough to have visited some wonderful places over the last few years, including Edinburgh, Berlin, Jersey, Amsterdam and a cruise around the Mediterranean: visiting breath-taking sights such as The Parthenon at the Acropolis in Athens and Delphi, and a few more stops along the way.
What did I want to be when I was 10 years old?
Having always been creative and always hungry for facts and knowledge about history, I initially wanted to be an Archaeologist, probably after reading all the Horrible Histories books and watching Time Team with my Mum and visiting plenty of historical houses and sites throughout my life too.
What do you want to be by the age of 35?
As I have said I am taking life as it comes at me, as you just never know what is round the corner!
I would love to be established within a business, and I want to make the most of my loom and my creative ability in my spare time, whether that is creating samples for freelance work and to add to my portfolio of work, or selling pieces of woven fabric or items I have made myself.
You are on a desert island; you can take 3 books; which ones will you pick?
One of my favourite books to read over and over again is ‘My family and other animals’ by Gerald Durrell, and having been lucky enough on my travels to visit Jersey and visit Durrell Wildlife Park, I could see his passion that I have read about so many times in the wildlife park he created.
My second book would be ’The Fault in Our Stars’ by John Green. After hearing lots of amazing reviews of this book, I swiftly ordered it online and I sat and read it front to back the day it came through my door! I was obsessed.
After reading this book I planned a trip to Amsterdam, as my intrigue and passion for history and having read Anne Frank’s Diary at a young age, made me want to explore her house like they do in this book even more than I did before. We stood in the pouring rain (the only time it rained during our week in Amsterdam was when we were in that line for three hours waiting to go into the house, but it was so worth it).
The book, as with all John Green books it draws you in and makes you feel like you are riding the character’s emotional rollercoaster alongside them! A real tear jerker!
My third book would have to be Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence. During my College course of English Literature and Language we read a chapter to compare it to another book, I can’t remember what exactly make me want to read it, but that weekend we were out shopping and I searched the bookshelves for a copy of the book.
I expected to find a normal plain-ish looking book, but instead I found one single copy of the book, a small book about 5 inches by 4 inches, with fine pages tipped in gold, with the most beautiful dust jacket protecting the fabric bound book: this all made me want to read this book even more, a beautifully written book presented beautifully!
The 3 minute elevator challenge:
You’re in the elevator with the Prime Minister and you have 3 minutes. How do you convince him Merit Group will solve their talent challenges?
Our goal is to be at the forefront of our industry and we do this by investing heavily across different mediums to attract talent to the jobs we recruit for, the key to our success is our determination and how we are proactive in all that we do. Our strong network and community of candidates, and their quality is what we are proud of, we do what we do well.
The world is ever changing and we are flexible and competitive to keep up with this change, at Merit group we know how to exceed expectations. All colleagues and candidates at Merit are positive and innovative, these values enable us to maintain a strong partnership and generate loyalty within the Merit group. We are always striving for better and we are determined to drive our success within our group and recruitment.
Our word is our bond. Our passion for people, our honesty and ethical thinking with our candidates and clients alike keep us positive and innovative: this is the Merit way.