Careers

National Careers Week

National Careers Week aims to aid those who are just leaving education in pursuit of employment. The event was originally founded by a group of volunteers, back in 2010.

National Careers Week (NCW) is a celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education across the UK. The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people leaving education. National Careers Week website (https://nationalcareersweek.com/)

To join in with the celebrations we asked 2 of our In-Time team members about their careers with In-Time and within the watch industry.

Hello Ethan, Beth & Diar: thank you for agreeing to answer our questions about your careers

Head office watch technician - Ethan Felton

Q. What inspired you to become a watchmaker?

I’ve always loved the intricacy of how watches work and feel lucky to be able to work with them.”

Q. What do you enjoy the most about your role?

Every day there are unexpected challenges, including things I haven’t seen before and I really enjoy learning all about them.

Q. What are some challenges you to face in your role?

I work on a variety of watches, some of which use lesser quality parts than others. These offer an extra challenge as they are tricky to repair, compared to others.

Q. What do you think is your greatest strength?

Being able to learn new things and ways to accomplish what I do, in the best possible way.

Q. What advice would you give to someone who is new to the industry?

There is no one way to do everything. There are so many ways to do things when it comes to watches.

Q. How long have you worked in your role?

3 years.

Q. Which skills did you develop early on in your career?

Working with watches requires a great deal of patience and precision. I learned to take my time with my work, to ensure I’m doing everything to the best of my abilities.

Q. What are your daily work habits?

Cleanliness, just always keeping everything clean.

Product & data lead - Beth Hillon

Q. What inspired you to become an In-Time product lead?

I was looking for a new challenge within a positive and progressive environment. This role enables me to utilise my data analyst skills & develop myself within a business environment.

Q. What do you enjoy the most about your role?

I really enjoy the challenge that being in a developing business presents. There is a lot of growth currently in the business which also allows you to develop alongside this. My role is quite far reaching, meaning that it is developing the more I am in the business which I really enjoy and makes the future exciting.

Q. What are some challenges you to face in your role?

Personally, I find prioritising my work a challenging aspect. As we are a growing business there is a lot that we want to implement and I am keen to implement everything all at once! So, I am learning to ask for support from other colleagues and set manageable and achievable goals for each individual project that I am working on.

Q. What do you think is your greatest strength?

I think I bring a positive attitude to my work and the office. I am always keen to get involved in anything I can and support my colleagues.

Q. What advice would you give to someone who is new to the industry?

I think stock and product management is not a very well known aspect of a business so I would encourage anyone who is analytically minded to look into it and see whether it might suit you and your skills!

Q. How long have you worked in your role?

I have been at In-Time since September 2021.

Q. Which skills did you develop early on in your career?

Being organised! As boring as it sounds, organisation is so key to enable you to do your role to the best of your ability but also allow your mind to be clear as you know what you need to do and when.

Q. What are your daily work habits?

Every day is a little different which is one of the things I love about my role! But daily I work alongside my colleagues to provide all product support to our stores; organising, delivering and purchasing their stock based on their sales insights. I oversee stock management to make sure that we are utilising stock across the business to the most efficient and effective capacity. I also manage international product importation and apply for European permits to release stock into the UK.

Manchester store manager - Diar Mo

Q. What inspired you to become an In-Time store manager?

I setup my career at the beginning as a part-time sales assistant in 2011 at Trafford Centre branch and working for In-Time gave me an opportunity to enhance my career into a management role. As an individual I am very competitive and always like to be successful and recognised to be a top performer and also would like to help others to keep this industry alive.

Q. What do you enjoy the most about your role?

My role as a store manager involves not only looking after my team & the business but also meeting new people daily and making good friends. This has changed my personality to become a better person in so many ways.

Q. What are some challenges you to face in your role?

Performance problems are always to be a concern for any manager, especially in today’s fierce business environment. If your teams aren’t performing to a high standard and aren’t trained to perfection, your competitors could easily come in and take your customers away.

Q. What do you think is your greatest strength?

I consider myself as a self motivated person and mindset to succeed in everything I do and never give up easily.

Q. What advice would you give to someone who is new to the industry?

For me the watch repair industry isn’t just a job, it’s like blood going through my veins; once you understand the basics you will be eager to learn more and more.  What is so special about this job is that you never get to the end and there’s always something to learn.

Q. How long have you worked in your role?

I  joined the company on August 2011 and since then I have been working in my role as a part of the team and thinking of In-Time as a family.

Q. Which skills did you develop early on in your career?

Since I became a member of In-Time I’ve developed in so many ways, with watches and Jewellery. I would say with jewellery more than watches. I’ve learnt to recognise materials and understand the different between them.

Q. What are your daily work habits?

Every morning I kick off my day with high intensity exercises and always walk for long distances daily, to keep up a great shape. I try to avoid fast foods and eat healthy, instead.

We’d like to say a big thank you to Ethan, Beth and Diar for participating in the questionnaire. We wish everyone all the best for the future.

You can view our current job openings on our website, here: https://intime.co.uk/careers/