A Day in the Life of…

Paul Dickie!

Paul is one of our Operations Managers based in Edinburgh. What does a typical day look like for an Operations Manager at AGR?

How did you start off in this industry?

I started in the industry in March 2013 as a personnel co-ordinator in the ROV team. I was alerted to a possible opening at AGR from my best friend, David, who knew Cameron Taylor as a family friend. Being part of the AGR team has led to a few promotions and now I head up the Subsea Team which I thoroughly enjoy.

What does a typical day look like for you?

My day starts around 7.30am when I get into the office, pour my first coffee and finalise meeting notes for my teams Morning meeting around 7.45am.

During this meeting, we’ll discuss the upcoming work needed for the day and any pressing requirements.

I will then spend most days speaking with my clients, discussing how Projects are going, what may be coming up and how we can best assist them. I will also spend time researching industry news and speaking with candidates.

Throughout most days, I will look to send as many quality CV’s to my clients as I can.

I usually have a few games of Table Tennis on my lunch! I really enjoy the competitive spirit in the office both with the ping pong games and on the work front.

I will usually leave the office around 5.30, to get home to my 3 kids for more madness!

After I finish with the bedtime stories, I will make sure I am prepared for the next day, updating my diary of what needs actioned tomorrow and the plan for the day ahead.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy building relationships with my clients and the candidates of AGR. This has led to being invited to candidate’s weddings and many social events too. I also enjoy working all over the world with clients such as America, Asia, you name it, we work there! It keeps us all on our toes and you never know what the next day will hold for you which is a massive factor in why I love working in this industry.

It’s great to be able to offer personnel positions, that will help their careers grow or indeed get them a start in the industry. Helping personnel get their dream jobs gives us all huge job satisfaction.

What made you decide to pursue a career in this industry?

I was always interested in what actually happened in a Recruitment job. I knew a lot of people who worked in recruitment but never realised what it would fully entail. I also knew the Offshore and Energy sectors were a booming sector in 2013-2014 and it seemed an exciting place to work.

Being able to possibly work and visit different countries also interested me and having been to Dubai, Houston, Norway and Holland with AGR has been class.

What advice would you give to anyone looking to start off in this industry?

I would advise them to always be on their toes and to have a fantastic work-ethic – it’s a cheesy thing to say but it really is 24/7 working in this industry. You never know when someone will need you somewhere in the world. The harder you work in this game, the better rewards you will get out of it.

Knowledge is also key! The more you can learn about the industry, the better you will do in your job for both dealing with your personnel and clients.

I would also lastly say to try enjoy your work too, it’s very fast paced and tough at times so when you can, really try and enjoy changing people’s lives.