22 episodes

Welcome to Working for the Rich & Famous, a short weekly podcast talking to guests with successful careers working in the private sector.

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Welcome to Working for the Rich & Famous, a short weekly podcast talking to guests with successful careers working in the private sector.

    Season 1 | Episode 21 – Abigail Langridge on life as an Online Private PA with good advice for those currently looking for work

    Season 1 | Episode 21 – Abigail Langridge on life as an Online Private PA with good advice for those currently looking for work

    Today, I am talking with Abigail whose quality of life improved drastically when she made the change from Personal Assistant to a freelance Virtual Assistant. We discuss what the role of a VA entails and the highs and lows of working for yourself. There are many links between how Abigail has to present herself within her market to find new clients and how an unemployed candidate should also present themselves when looking for a new role.

    If you are currently in the job market this is not one to miss!

    In this episode we discuss:

    🎙️ The importance of choosing who you work for wisely

    🎙️ The value of a personal brand and the impact of being visible and vocal online

    🎙️ The key to a happy and healthy work/life balance

    Abigail is a breath of fresh air and her enthusiasm and positivity in light of a difficult year working in the private sector is truly refreshing. If you would like to connect with Abigail for general advice or for her services as a VA or even if, like me, you want her baby hampers (!) then feel free to connect with her directly here - https://www.linkedin.com/in/abigail-langridge/.

    • 54 min
    Season 1 | Episode 20: Paul Smith on entering the private sector late in his career and how difficult job hunting has been during the pandemic

    Season 1 | Episode 20: Paul Smith on entering the private sector late in his career and how difficult job hunting has been during the pandemic

    Today, I am talking with Paul who has been severely affected by the pandemic as he happened to be looking for work at the start of 2020 and so therefore has been in the job market for most of the year. He talks openly and honestly about his frustrations of job hunting in such a slow market and what his observations have been on the market as a whole. We also talked about his unusual route in the private sector as he joined the industry fairly late in his career, which is notoriously hard to do, but how he is so glad he made the move when he did as it is an industry he now absolutely loves.

    In this episode we discuss:

    🎙️ How important contacts are in this industry

    🎙️ How to approach job hunting in this current market

    🎙️ The lengths a Principal will go to for perfection!

    Paul is a passionate House Manager who will soon find his perfect next role. He is a loyal member of staff who has demonstrated good longevity in all his previous roles. Feel free to connect with Paul directly on LinkedIn at – https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-smith-52a91519/.

    • 50 min
    Season 1 | Episode 19: Carolyn Emole on life as a celebrity PA/Estate Manager in the heart of Los Angeles

    Season 1 | Episode 19: Carolyn Emole on life as a celebrity PA/Estate Manager in the heart of Los Angeles

    Today, I am talking with Carolyn, an experienced PA/Estate Manager based in Los Angeles. In classic LA-style, she found her first role in the private sector through her hairdresser. We talk about how the industry has changed over the years and the things that have, and always will, stay the same, making it an incredibly rewarding line of work.

    In this episode we discuss:

    🎙️ How variety is why she loves the industry and keeps every day interesting

    🎙️ That travel and living in doesn’t always have to be part of the role

    🎙️ If you want to succeed in this industry, there’s no space for ego and drama

    Carolyn shares her experience, what has helped her to progress and how adaptive and autonomous you have to be. Comparing it to the corporate world, she finds she gets so much back, from personal satisfaction to little notes of thanks from the family. 

    She is currently open to new roles so get in contact at https://www.linkedin.com/in/carolyn-emole-b5aa66a/. 

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Season 1 | Episode 18: Rien Thoma on the importance of formal Butler training and how his role has evolved to Estate Management

    Season 1 | Episode 18: Rien Thoma on the importance of formal Butler training and how his role has evolved to Estate Management

    Today, I am talking with Rien, an experienced hands-on Estate Manager with a huge passion for formal service. He worked hard to build a career within the private sector, entering the industry with zero experience but with a recognised Butler qualification under his belt. He talks about how there is only so much you can learn on a course, however good the course, and that so much is learned within your first role. He is a truly committed member of staff, always looking to upskill and bring more value to his Principal and the home. He is completely dedicated to his role and ensures his boss knows to call him 24/7, any day, any time should his services be needed. This fantastic work ethic and devotion is why he has built such a successful career for himself.

    In this episode we discuss:

    🎙️ How he seeks for perfection at all times – if it’s not perfect, it’s wrong!

    🎙️ How  it’s important for a Butler to learn lots of new skills to save the employer having to bring contractors in for every small thing

    🎙️ The importance of a Butler being able to step into all other roles within the house and do what needs doing immediately

    🎙️ How he feels he has such a unique and rewarding opportunity to significantly enhance the quality of his employer's life

    Rien is so passionate about what he does which is just evident when talking to him. His ambition to be constantly learning and evolving, how involved and hands-on he likes to be and how he is able to competently cover all other roles within the house makes him a huge asset to any household in which he works.

    • 53 min
    Season 1 | Episode 17: Simeon Rosset on his career as a Butler and his passion for training and sourcing the best Butlers for his clients worldwide

    Season 1 | Episode 17: Simeon Rosset on his career as a Butler and his passion for training and sourcing the best Butlers for his clients worldwide

    Today, I am talking to Simeon, owner of Rosset Bespoke Butlers & Rosset Butler Academy who is a professional, formally trained traditional Butler who has worked for some incredibly high profile clients over the years. He has adapted his style to suit a new generation of UHNW who were looking for a modern Butler who can do much more than just the traditional service. A modern Butler can turn their hand to anything required by the Principal. His passion for training has led him to set up and run a highly reputable Butler School based in Scotland and soon Bermuda which offers a fantastic foundation to new Butlers entering the industry alongside experience Butlers looking to upskill.

    In this episode we discuss:

    🎙️ The role of modern Butler and its importance with the younger generation of UHNW

    🎙️ The demanding role of working as a Butler in some of Scotland’s most renowned shooting lodges and castles

    🎙️ The importance of never just working within the safety of your comfort zone

    Simeon exudes passion for the private sector. His wealth of experience working himself as a Butler now lends itself perfectly to being able to help others have a similar career. He is a prime example of giving back to an industry that has given him so much.

    We can recommend Simeon highly if you are looking for a top-class Butler training facility or if you are looking to recruit temporary Butlers. He seeks to find you a Butler for short term contracts within 24 hours of your enquiry. Feel free to connect with him directly https://www.linkedin.com/in/simeon-rosset-5447432b/.

    • 1 hr
    Season 1 | Episode 16: Roger Watson, a college dropout, who worked in the UK’s top restaurants before privately cooking for America’s top UHNW’s

    Season 1 | Episode 16: Roger Watson, a college dropout, who worked in the UK’s top restaurants before privately cooking for America’s top UHNW’s

    Today, I am talking with highly experienced Private Chef Roger who has had a really impressive career having struggled in school and dropping out of college. He proves that experience can trump qualifications within the catering industry and if you get your head down and work hard in some of the highest level Michelin kitchens then you can learn all you need to know. He transitioned into the private sector and hasn’t looked back since, his first private chef role being in the most expensive private residence in London.

    In this episode we discuss:

    🎙️ The importance of hard work and grinding out the hours early in your career, leaving your ego at the kitchen door

    🎙️ The differences between restaurant and private work and how there is so much more involved than just cooking

    🎙️ How truly rewarding working in the private sector can be

    Roger certainly proves that a solid education is not always required to be successful and his stories of some of the things he has seen in some of his previous roles is just unbelievable!

    Feel free to connect with Roger directly on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/clara-circu-50aa489b/

    • 46 min

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