Life at AF: Philipp Klug, Senior Front-end Consultant in Berlin
Not everyone knows what a career in the recruitment industry really entails, Philipp was one of those people. However, almost two years down the line, he’s really starting to make waves in his industry. Having taken advantage of our global opportunities and making a huge impact in our newly formed Berlin team, Philipp has begun to carve out his career here with us at AF, pushing boundaries and bringing fierce ambition. Having recently been promoted to a Senior Consultant, we thought it was about time we sat down with him and find out about his journey so far…
Hi Philipp, what brought you to Austin Fraser?
After graduating last year, I wasn’t really sure where I was going to end up! I was wondering if I should be a pilot, an astronaut? I was pretty much open to everything! I searched around a bit and the Talent Acquisition team at Austin Fraser reached out to me. Everything I found online about Austin Fraser website sounded great and painted a really vivid picture but the real thing exceeded all my expectations! I also received such a warm welcome from the team when I first started, everything was new and exciting.
There’s an endless supply of cool events throughout the year – Germany Vision Day, Oktoberfest, our ASM Annual Sales Meeting in London, etc. These things definitely aren’t ‘normal’ but now I always have something to look forward to.
So, you originally joined us in Munich but now you’re in Berlin, what took you there?
When AF announced their plans to launch a Berlin hub earlier this year, they opened up opportunities to make the move. I instantly thought ‘cool, let’s do this!’, it was actually quite spontaneous. It sounded really exciting to help build up a startup within an established company. Of course, it was challenging at the beginning, but it is really fun! Moving to Berlin was surprisingly easy; I spent a weekend scoping out Berlin with another colleague, Lukas looking at apartments and we found one straight away. Now we’ve been in Berlin for 6 months already.
What’s your favourite part of Berlin?
It’s been so fun exploring the city, taking boat trips down the Spree river and finding the best local burger bars in Berlin but my favourite areas have to be Prenzlauer Berg and Charlottenburg. I love how diverse Berlin is, the people and their cultures but also the endless lists of things to do in your down time.
Personal development is obviously really important, especially when you’re just starting off in your career! How have you found it here?
I have monthly meetings with my team manager, Susi, and our director, Jacob. We look at my progress and see what can be done to progress even further. We have set really clear, personalised goals, so I know exactly what I need to do to climb the career ladder. The goals are definitely challenging but fair, and if you don’t reach them you are the only one to blame, management really give us all the support we need.
What do you think makes Austin Fraser a great place to work?
For me, one of our real USPs is that we employ people with great personalities, who bring a genuine human touch when working with clients. Another thing is the organic and strategic growth, of course the goal is to progress, but not by just any means possible. Everyone in a management position really knows what they are doing and have genuinely earned their promotions, even our German Technology Director Jacob started out as a Trainee. The final thing that really differentiates us is we remain true to ourselves and our values, despite our growth and success. Basically, it’s the people that make Austin Fraser so great!
How would you improve life at AF?
I think we should invest in some sun loungers for the roof terrace in Munich haha! No, in all seriousness not really. The nice thing is, we don’t claim to be perfect, we’re constantly working on improving and making things even better. You can’t ask for more than that!
Finally, do you have any advice for others joining Austin Fraser?
My advice to future trainees is to not be afraid to do something wrong, try hard to recognise the opportunities to develop your business and yourself as a person day in and day out and good things will happen!