#122: How to Climb into Early Careers Management with Conor Cotton
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“To do anything, you have to take risks. ”– Conor Cotton

Conor Cotton (@_conorcotton) is the Commercial Director of Not Going to Uni: one of the UK’s leading early careers companies that gives job opportunities to school and college leavers who are not wanting to go to university. Their providers include the Ministry of defence, the Royal Air Force, and IBM, to name just a few. 

Conor left school at 18 and made a conscious choice not to go to university, despite getting the grades he needed. After numerous twists and turns, he came to fall in love with the Early Careers sector and has worked his way up to run the day-to-day operations of Not Going to Uni. Aged 26, he now manages a team of seven, many of whom are far older than he is!

In our wide-ranging conversation, we discuss how a lad’s holiday turned into a job celebration; the challenges of managing a team remotely; Conor’s tips on how to manage effectively; hiring mistakes; and so much more!

You can find Conor at the following:

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Work Rules! (Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead) by: by Laszlo Bock




My Udemy Course on How to Hire a Virtual Assistant

Key Points:

Conor’s roles 16 onwards, inherent fears and learning different skills while at it (2:51)

How a lad’s holiday turned into a job celebration (8:30)

The role of a digital marketing sales executive and Not Going to Uni (10:26)

The role as a commercial director (16:19)

The challenges of managing a team remotely(18:58)

Conor’s tips on how to manage effectively (21:11)

Talking about transferable skills (23:54)

Dealing with imposter syndrome (26:00)

Hiring mistakes (30:47)

Conor’s Future Plans (35:00)

You are the five people you surround yourself with (40:12)

Take risks :) (48:42)


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