Toby is the youngest member of the Farrell Associates family. He joined us in 2016, after graduating from Kingston University with a BA in Applied Economics and Politics. Starting as a Research Associate, he moved into Client Delivery and specialises in IT and Software Engineering recruitment.
Toby has a rule to have always visited more countries than his current age so spends time travelling the globe. He also enjoys cycling, socialising and skiing.
What was your first job?
DWD Telecoms – Office Administrator. Working part-time at a small telecoms company covering invoices, filing and general office administration (bundles of fun). Grateful for my first working experience though.
What’s the best piece of advice you could give someone?
Just try, if you try and genuinely try, you will achieve what you want to.
What’s your favourite quote or motto?
It would be some horrible shameful travel quote probably, something along the lines of “the world is a book and people who haven’t travelled, have only read one page”. That or something equally embarrassing!
What would you choose as your last meal?
It’ll have to be a clichéd steak and chips.
What’s your favourite pastime/relaxation activity?
Reading a book in a hammock, on a beach. Although when I can’t do that, cycling will do instead.
What’s the skill you’d most like to have?
The ability to speak a second language, hence my fervent attempts to learn Spanish.
What’s your favourite holiday destination?
I love Norway, it is beautiful and a fantastic place for hikes. However, I could never pick one favourite, there is too much left to see.
What are you passionate about?
Travelling, it is something that has always interested me and I am keen to explore and learn more about new cultures.
What would be your perfect day away from work?
On a plane to somewhere new.
What’s your greatest business achievement?
Achieving my first placement within 5 weeks of becoming a consultant. A company record!
What’s your greatest personal achievement?
My dissertation, not only did I find it immensely interesting but it was enjoyable to see months of dedication be rewarded with a 1st.
What’s the best/worst quality in a leader?
Best quality is probably a leader who is inspiring and makes you believe in a collective goal. The worst quality would have to be narcissism.
What can’t you live without?
Probably, rather shamefully, my mobile phone.
Name one person you’d like to have dinner with (and why)?
David Attenborough, could there be a more inspirational man.
If you weren’t in your current role, what would you be doing?
Applying for a role here, obviously!
If you could have any superpower what would it be (and why)?
The power of foresight, you’d do everything perfectly the first time but also have picked up the lessons as if you had failed.
What is your favourite film (and why)?
Shawshank Redemption. It is moving, inspiring and holds a stark mirror up to the prison system in the United States.
What in life are you most grateful for?
My health and my family, I’ve been pretty fortunate with both.
What is your most treasured memory?
Either spotting Killer Whales whilst on a hike on Norway or kayaking & snorkelling in the Perhentian Islands.
Dogs or cats?
I love both equally.
Read the blog Toby wrote for us last week ‘Make your own luck’ here.
Charlotte Robinson, Administrator