Bradley Carton – What it’s like to win at the IRP Awards

Bradley Carton is a consultant at BPS World, and was the winner of Recruitment Apprentice of the Year at the 2016 IRP Awards.

We caught up with Bradley to find out what life is like after his big win.


What did winning Recruitment Apprentice of the Year mean to you?

Just being shortlisted is a big achievement and winning the award is something I’ll never forget, it’s something I’ll always hold with me.

What was it like winning in front of 500 of your peers?

It was a weird feeling, I remember I had a massive smile on my face and I started getting extremely nervous when I got on stage and saw how many people were out there! It was a really surreal moment

What’s changed for you since your win?

I was a resourcer for a bit, and now I’m a consultant with BPS World.

Since my win I’ve gained so much more confidence and self-belief, I’ve been taking on bigger challenges. The immediate change was the excitement of my ’15 minutes of fame’ – I saw my name around LinkedIn a lot more. On a personal level, it helped a lot. I’m thinking bigger now and it’s changed how I look at things.

How’s your year been so far?

I’ve had a really big year so far. We have a highest billers club each quarter and I’ve made it for both quarters so far in 2017, and I got a promotion as well which is great.

I love the buzz and the excitement when you find a great candidate for a position you’ve been recruiting for. Nothing beats that I think. Also the competition side of recruitment – the KPIs and the thrill of seeing your name at the top of the leader board.

Would you recommend entering the IRP Awards?

Definitely. Winning at the IRP Awards and being recognised for your hard work by your peers is a feeling you can’t really describe. Even if you’re just nominated for an award it still makes you feel really proud. The atmosphere on the night is great, it’s very positive being around so many like-minded people, the room is buzzing and everyone’s so excited. I’ve been to two awards now – once as a spectator and last year being nominated – and I both times it’s been a really good evening.

Do you think you’ve got it takes to join Bradley in the IRP Awards Hall of Fame?

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