Our second success story of a temporary staff member is about Anthony N’dow. He joined TempTribe in June 2011 and did 636 shifts before he joined Create Food & Party Design at Plaisterer’s Hall. We asked a few questions about his fast career progression and how he finds his role as an Operations Manager.
How did your TempTribe journey begin?
I was just looking for a part-time job. My friend recommended me this job and we started working together. He then left but I stuck at it and started working. It gets addictive.
What was your favourite thing about working for TempTribe?
One of my favourite things was the ability to go to different venues- one day you get to go to One Marylebone, another you’re at Tower of London. I’ve lived in London all my life and I’ve actually never been to any of these places. Meeting people from different backgrounds was also great. Before I would normally meet people from England and Africa, but I’ve never met anyone from Eastern Europe or Russia.
How did your full time job at Plaisterer’s Hall come about?
At some point I started working in Plaisterer’s Hall through TempTribe. Brendan- the manager was very happy with how I worked in the team and how I could lead the team. The position was available, so Brendan hired me as an assistant and I was running some events. A year later I became an Operations Manager and now I run all events that come through the door.
That’s a fast progression isn’t it?
Yeah it is. I already knew this venue very well as I used to work here quite a lot before getting a full time position. Most of our clients are repeat clients. I knew what I was doing, so first year was a way for me to learn new things that I didn’t know like paperwork and invoicing. That was the plan from the start, I wasn’t going to stay an assistant for a long time. I’m very ambitious. Very. (laughing)
It’s been a whole year since you took that position. How has your experience been so far?
It’s been hectic and uncomfortable at times, but also really fun, especially meeting the clients and getting to know them. There are clients that you wouldn’t get along with straight away. Some will hate you just by the way you look, some would love you just because you’re a cool person like myself (laughing). It’s been challenging at times especially when it comes to looking after a big team. Our events are served by 40 staff maximum, which is not very many in terms of other venues but it is for me and I’m still quite young as well. I’ve been building a team for a year now. I have about 12 freelance staff that work here all the time. I wanted to build a team of people for this venue who will know the place well.
If you didn’t work in events, what job would you choose?
I always wanted to work in media – film or be a camera man. That’s my little dream that I wanted to do back when I was 16. Then reality kicked in. There is too much competition in the film industry and it’s really hard to get into. You need to get the right contacts which often means going somewhere outside the UK which I’m not comfortable with at the moment.
What advice would you give to other young people looking for a full time job in hospitality?
I would say be open minded. Today it may be just a part-time job to get some extra cash but you can make something out of it. Work hard, try to be as friendly as possible, keep your head down, and don’t get into gossip! You never know you might end up loving the job and making a career out of it.
What is your plan for the future?
Experience in events is very important. 5 years is not long enough for me to say I want to move a step forward. Hopefully I will be working in a bigger venue. In 7-10 years’ time I’m looking to move my way up. Looking at 20 years from now, hopefully I will start my own business. Like I said, I’m still young so have a lot of time to think about it.