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Callie Ewin, Global Talent Manager at Movio

Callie has a great deal of experience recruiting in the IT space globally and provides a timely reminder that you don't need to be a technical person to work in tech. Callie also shares her thoughts on the important role passion plays in the job process. Enjoy.

Firstly, how would you explain to your Grandma what you do? 

I find and recruit talented individuals from all over the world, who are awesome at what they do. I then encourage them to come and work for Movio in one of our offices around the globe (London, Los Angeles, or Auckland).

“At one point I wanted to join the Army, but that pivoted to wanting to be a Designer.”

Was working in tech something you dreamed about doing as a kid, if not, what was?

At one point I wanted to join the Army, but that pivoted to wanting to be a Designer. My mum was very creative and I ended up studying Graphic Design and Advertising. Recruitment/tech was never on my radar. I spent a year travelling around Australia and fell in love with the country.

When I returned back to London I looked at every possible way at how I could return to Australia. Recruitment was on the skills shortage list, and was an obvious choice as it had many similarities to what I was already doing (I worked in market research and coordinated/recruited focus groups). I never made it to Australia, as I married a Kiwi! 

Tell us a little bit more about your career journey and ultimately about how you ended up working at Movio? 

Where do I start? I started my recruitment career working in agencies, specialising in IT recruitment. Firstly working with Investment banks in London, to infrastructure IT recruitment in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. I hit a bit of a crossroads on what to do next, and an opportunity came up at Movio.

A three month contract to help assist with their recruitment drive to bring on a number of Software Engineers. I fell in love with the company, the industry and the people. I’ve been here five years in August. 

Can you share some more insight into what that transition was like? 

I said that I would never move to an internal role, but this was an opportunity that I could not let pass. It is very different from the agency side, and it came with its own challenges/rewards. It was refreshing to just have to recruit for one company and to build up strong internal relationships as well as helping to showcase what Movio does. I have only ever worked in IT recruitment, but working at Movio/internally has given me a greater understanding of the tech world.

“People often pivot from what they studied and that is okay. You need to follow your heart and what you are passionate about.”

Do you have any advice for people considering tech as a career path and how they might get there quicker? 

Good question. I think it really depends on the individual and their transferable skills. People often forget that you don’t need to be a technical person to work in tech. There are many career paths in tech and it is about finding the right path for you.

New Zealand has a thriving tech community and I would encourage people to attend Meetups, and to reach out to their networks. Internships/grad programmes are a great way to get your foot in the door and to experience life at a tech company. People often pivot from what they studied and that is okay. You need to follow your heart and what you are passionate about. You can teach tech skills, but you need the passion. 

Lastly, as Movio continues to evolve, what kind of talent do you want to hear from over the coming year? 

Movio is a place for movie lovers, technology enthusiasts, forward-thinkers, and fearless creators. Ideal candidates are passionate about problem solving, learning and craftsmanship.

We look for people who can take intelligent risks and challenge the status quo. Regardless if you work in marketing or data science, we hire people who are passionate about what they do and who believe in our journey/vision, to keep the magic of cinema alive.

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