Graduate Profile: Adam Fanthorpe
My Psychology degree was heavily research focused and taught me valuable skills such as report writing, data collection, insights and analysis.
Adam is a Senior Researcher at WarnerMedia.
How did you get your job?
I initially applied for a 3-month intern position with the company and following that I got a permanent job with them. The role involves conducting research for executive level roles (Director and above) across all of the WarnerMedia businesses including Warner Bros., Turner Broadcasting (CNN, Cartoon Network etc.), HBO and WarnerMedia Corporate in EMEA territories. A typical day involves supporting the Search Directors with candidate sourcing, calls to market, interview scheduling, client reports, market-intel projects, application screening and management of our ATS and social media platforms. I enjoy staying up to date with industry news and trends, learning about new functions and roles and understanding how a global media business works. My ambition is to continue learning and developing my executive search skills both in terms of research and sourcing but shifting more towards client and candidate management, with the hope to become a Search Director leading senior global assignments within the media and technology space.
What have been your challenges?
It has been a challenge conducting research in different countries and understanding new job functions that were previously unfamiliar to me (e.g., data science).
In what way is your university education relevant to this role?
My Psychology degree was heavily research focused and taught me valuable skills such as report writing, data collection, insights and analysis. These are all relevant and transferable skills in my current role as a Senior Researcher.
What advice can you give to others wishing to enter this field?
Having prior experience in a research focused role and study is very valuable here and in terms of specific personal qualities, this field requires patience, diligence and the ability to manage or deliver large projects independently and within a team.