Julia Skan

Qualifications: BA degree in European Studies (French and Italian).

Languages spoken: English, French and Italian.

Sector Focus: Financial services, automotive and manufacturing, education.

How many countries have you been to and which one is furthest from the UK? 20, the furthest being New Zealand.

What’s the strangest food you’ve ever eaten? I’m not usually attracted to strange food but I was pleasantly surprised when eating eel cooked the Japanese way and tuna mayo served in peach halves. Delicious!

What was your dream job when you were a child? I wanted to be an air stewardess so that I could meet people and travel to exotic places.

If you could time travel where would you go? Back to the days when I could talk to people on the phone.

Which superhero would you be and why? My heroine was Wonder Woman, now I love Elastigirl from the Incredibles because she can get out of sticky situations using her rubber body!

What was the last role for which you found the successful candidate? I’ve been working as a careers advisor in a school where I placed a girl in an apprenticeship at a global law firm for a year, which has shaped her future in many ways, and I helped another girl secure work experience at the House of Commons.

What is the innovation you have been waiting for? We have some fantastic innovations already. I’m embarking on my first triathlon, I’d like something that helps me swim faster.

What are your guilty pleasures? Cooking, eating dark chocolate, 70s music, singing loudly and dancing.

What is the biggest challenge of using LinkedIn as a researcher? Understanding that not everyone has a LinkedIn profile. Also that not all profiles accurately represent the strengths of the candidate.

What would you do if you had an extra hour in the day? Do more fitness training!

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