Ian Clark '07

Head of Americas, Sales at Frank Recruitment Group

Course studied:
BSc Economics

Ian talks about the opportunities that opened up to him thanks to Oxford Brookes, and how regularly evaluating the path you are on and nurturing your contacts are keys to career success. Thank you to Frank Recruitment Group for sharing his profile with us.

Ian Clark

What made you choose Brookes as a place to study?

I was hugely attracted to Oxford as a university city, but what swayed me even more was the option to complete a placement year as part of my course. The opportunity to study business economics and applied economics as part of my degree also played a big part.

What is your best memory of your time at Oxford Brookes?

On a personal level, I very much enjoyed being part of the leadership team of the university’s football club, but more generally I got to meet some truly amazing people at Oxford Brookes –particularly during my first year. Working on assignments with like-minded co-workers was also something I found very rewarding.

After graduating from Brookes what were the next steps for your career?

After graduation, I returned directly to my intern employer to follow my career path in recruitment –an industry I’m still part of to this day.

What was your inspiration to move into your current profession?

In my placement year, I worked as an intern with a large multinational recruitment business, where I was hugely successful, so it was an easy choice to go back and start my career there. Four years ago, I was presented with a unique opportunity to work for the fastest growing recruitment business in the world and, as a result, learn and progress alongside the best in the industry. My niche IT specialisation, combined with the right market opportunity, allowed the business and my career to grow in tandem.

No matter what stage of your career you’re at, making positive connections and building bridges is one of the most important and affecting things you can do.

What success stories/achievements have you had in your role?

In 2016 I was offered the opportunity to relocate internationally, and I made the move from London to Philadelphia to take up an Executive Vice President role. Since then, the business has grown from 350 US employees to over 850 in just three-and-a-half years and I now oversee the entire US operation as President.
In that time we’ve also increased our year-on-year revenue by 40 per cent, and have opened six new offices in the last 24 months.

What is the best advice someone has given you?

I think regularly evaluating the path that you’re on is a sound piece of advice that I took on board at a very early stage. There are a number of benefits to looking at things like salary comparisons and alternative opportunities, and in doing so you’re keeping bang up-to-date with industry trends as well as looking after your own career trajectory.

What advice would you give to others?

No matter what stage of your career you’re at, making positive connections and building bridges is one of the most important and affecting things you can do. Even if you’re just starting out, or in a temporary role that doesn’t quite fit your long-term goals, you never know when a well-nurtured contacts book will give you an all-important edge.