Name: Sharan Bassi
Job title: Senior Recruiter – Graduate Recruitment
About me: I’m “Trouble” according to my year 2 teacher… Don’t think much has changed, but I’m really a goody two-shoes at heart & definitely the soppy one in the office. I originally moved to Sheffield to study at University of Sheffield, then I found Aardvark and never wanted to leave! They’ve even converted me into a regular gym-goer and convinced me to run a half-marathon!
What I do: I’m involved in all things graduate related, as part of the team behind our award-winning Grads in Games initiative.
From the management of our Search For a Star & Rising Star challenges, to organising our Get in the Game university careers tour, managing Sponsorship and Partner relationships, and of course helping as many graduates as I can land their first job in the games industry, across programming, art, animation, VFX or design!
Grads in Games definitely keeps me plenty busy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! (There goes the soppiness!)
Favourite game: Super Smash Bros Melee on the Nintendo Cube – it’s my brother and mine’s go-to-game!
Favourite TV series: My guilty pleasure… Hollyoaks (I’ve also met Charlie Clapham!)
Favourite movie: Guardians of the Galaxy, The Greatest Showman, La La Land!
Favourite book: A tricky one since I studied English Literature at Uni! I’m picking a few – Alice in Wonderland, The Picture of Dorian Gray, In Cold Blood and The Great Gatsby!
Aardvark Spotlight: Sharan Bassi
Sharan’s role is very diverse, she heads up all the graduate recruitment across art, animation, VFX and programming. Sharan is also in charge of running the Search For A Star competition, as well as organising, planning and delivering all of our Get in the Game career talks and organising the sponsorship for the Grads In Games initiative.
How would you describe your typical day in the life?
Day to day, I am very busy! It’s a lot of calls ranging from talking to graduates to getting studios on the phone. A lot of my role is focused on advising, because I work with mostly graduates and students looking for their first role. A lot of it is directing them down the right path.
What do you love most about your job?
I get to deal with a lot of students and graduates and help find them their first job, which they are very thankful for, so just getting that appreciation makes it worthwhile. My job also allows me to make really strong relationships with our sponsors, partners and patrons so that’s really good too, we work with some lovely people.
Have you received any training?
I’ve had two lots of training now. When i initially started I had a 10 week programme which was my introduction to recruitment, which gave me more insight into recruitment.
What did you do before you came to Aardvark Swift?
I studied English Literature at university, and I had previously been working in sales since I was 16, so I knew I always wanted to go into something sales related.
What drew you to Aardvark Swift?
I’d done some research whilst I was at University, so I always knew that I wanted to work in recruitment when I graduated. But I was attracted to the Grads In Games initiative specifically, it’s great that I’ve ended up working here!
What do you get out of your role as a senior recruiter?
It’s that warm, fuzzy feeling of helping people find their first job, since being a graduate myself I know how stressful it can be. I know what’s it like to apply for so many places, so it’s nice just be the helping hand along the way.
Favourite memory so far?
There’ve been times where I have helped candidates find jobs and we’ve become good friends, and also when they’ve called me after to say thank you for finding me a job… That always makes me cry! Also, last year I had the opportunity to go up on stage at the Develop Awards to hand awards out to the Search For A Star winners. It was in front of 500 industry professionals and it was really scary, but fun because I got to talk about the projects I had been working on all year. It was nice to be able to present the candidates I’d been helping and working with to the industry!