Introducing Callum Devaney – Principal Consultant
Here at Oaklands Global, we pride ourselves on happy people who love what they do. Decades of research has shown that a contented and fulfilled workforce leads to increased productivity. And we make it a top priority to be a place where people want to come to work!
Each month we take a fly-on-the-wall look at our most valued assets – our people.
This month, our hot seat belongs to Callum Devaney, Principal Consultant
Q. Please describe your role at Oaklands Global – your job title and what the role entails.
I am the Principal Consultant here at Oaklands Global and head up the rotary division of the business.
Along with my colleague Ben, it is our job to identify and establish business relationships with helicopter operators and manufacturers globally and provide them with turnkey resource solutions.
We provide pilots, engineers, senior managers and office support function staff on all continents. Typical areas we work in are oil & gas, HEMS, MEDEVAC, VVIP along with other specialist areas such as aerial filming and power line operations.
Q. How long have you been working at Oaklands?
I joined Oaklands Global in March of 2015, so I am nearly at the 5-year mark come March 2020!
Q. Have you always had an interest in recruitment?
It has always been something of interest to me. I came out of University and wanted to get involved in work as soon as possible. I enjoy working closely with people (cliché answer in recruitment!) and developing relationships so recruitment was a good path to take.
Q. Why is Oaklands such a good place to work?
Oaklands Global is a good place to work for several reasons. You work with great candidates and clients everyday and have a fantastic team working with you in the office. The industry is far more interesting than many other sectors and you can work truly on a global scale.
We do a lot of team bonding and social events which keeps the team close and there is a great support structure in place with training provided both internally and externally.
Q. What are your favourite aspects of the job?
– The ability to work with businesses and candidates all over the world
– We recruit in Aviation & Aerospace
– Get to travel to shows and meetings globally
– Hearing stories candidates have about their time in aviation
Q. Have you noticed any remarkable changes in the aviation/aerospace industry since you joined the business?
Within the rotary sector one of the biggest changes I have seen is the wages provided within the oil and gas sector for obvious reasons. I would say there is also now a supply shortage of specific engineers with a type rating to meet the demands of the businesses, but that’s why we are here, to provide a solution!
Q. What do you find most rewarding about your job?
The ability to secure a candidate their perfect job and allow them to progress their careers further.
I have a strong passion for aviation outside of work, so it is rewarding having the ability to work in the industry. It doesn’t feel like a job, I am lucky!
Q. What is it like working with the Oaklands Global team?
It has been one of the most rewarding experiences within my recruitment career. Everybody in the team is fun, sociable, supportive and it feels more like a family than colleagues. Each member of the team brings something different to the table.
Q. In your opinion what four words describe Oaklands as a business?
Dynamic, Professional, Fun, Interesting
Q. Share your top tip to ace an interview!
When asked to describe something negative this can be a difficult question to answer, but it doesn’t have to be.
Firstly, when answering the question be honest. Once you have given them a negative flip it into a positive by telling them how you have overcame this in the past.
You can read some of our top interview tips here and if you’re thinking of a job in aviation, why not check out some of our latest vacancies?