If I told you a recruitment consultant entered into a year-long programme to lead a monastic-life, led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, you would be forgiven for thinking it was penance for the much-documented sins of recruiters.
It is, in fact, the story of Rebecca Green, one of the JM Group’s very own consultants.
Rebecca was invited by the Archbishop of Canterbury, principle leader of the Church of England, along with other Christians from around the world, to spend a year living in a monastic-inspired community. Rebecca is one of the non-residential members who commit to the same practices as residential members while continuing in their everyday work.
As part of the programme, the Archbishop, Justin Welby, came to visit Rebecca in her place of work. He was keen to find out about Rebecca’s role as a JM Group Recruitment Consultant and how she manages her full-time work commitments together with her duties as a monk, which include working with vulnerable people alongside local charities in London.
Before working for the Church, The Archbishop was a treasurer in the oil industry and takes a particular interest in business ethics. He has spoken publicly about enabling the leaders of tomorrow; people such as Rebecca.
Far from being a recruitment drive from the Church to get young people into religion, the aim of the transformative year is to enable Rebecca and her fellow monks to shape the rest of their personal and professional lives, equipping them to live with integrity in every sector of society.
Rebecca, 25, says “Being a full-time recruiter and part-time monk definitely is a unique experience and one that even bemuses me at times. It is a privilege to spend a year alongside others of my generation, with a passion for faith and desire to give their best and succeed in the workplace. It has also made me realise that Religion and work don’t have to be separate entities but can successfully go hand in hand for the betterment of all. It is also an honour to have the Archbishop of Canterbury championing this. I’m confident what I learn and experience this year will help my professional as well as personal development for a long time to come.”
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