From consulting to General Manager at Ironhack

From consulting to General Manager at Ironhack

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Discover Karim’s experience: 8 years into a career which has already seen him working in consulting, private banking, start-ups, and now as a General Manager at Hironhack.

Karim is General Manager for Ironhack.

He is only nine years into a varied career which has already seen him working in private banking, consulting, growing businesses and now at Ironhack – a new challenge he found through movemeon. 

He kindly agreed to share his inspiring career story with us:

Where do you work?

I currently work as a General Manager at Ironhack.

Where did you start your career?

I started my career at HSBC.

How many years into your career are you?

Nine years since graduating.

How many companies have you worked for so far in your career?

I’ve been working for three different companies and also doing some freelance work.

How many hours a week do you work?


Who do you report to?

The founders of Ironhack.

Why did you decide to leave your previous job?

I was in London and wanted to relocate to Paris for personal reasons.

What are the best bits about your current job?

The company has an awesome purpose: enable people to change their careers and improve their lives. One of the really cool things is the student stories that we have, people who come to Ironhack and do amazing things after thanks to what they learned. That rocks. Really. Another awesome bit is the fact that I now manage a team of 9 people and feel we can achieve a lot, even if our objectives are really high, I really feel that we can do A LOT.

How does your experience from your previous job(s), help you in your new role?

The experience in working with the Exco in my previous job, the experience managing complex projects cross teams, the experience chairing meetings, animating workshops and the experience of reporting KPIs are all extremely helpful in my new job. Though I have a lot to learn in my first months, I really feel like my previous experiences have given me some soft skills that will be key to my success for this role.

Where do you see yourself at the height of your career?

Not sure, either in the ExCo of a successful startup, either in my own company or in a fund. I also have the secret plan of opening a sandwich shop, but a really cool one, with amazing sandwiches, not your average joe’s.

What advice do you have for talented young people building their career?

When the opportunity comes take it, don’t think too much. There are many skills to learn in any job, and if you think about your long-term career plan, a job that checks 80% of the boxes is a great option. Don’t lose too much time looking for the perfect match. If you are willing to learn and put the efforts, you will build an amazing career. It takes time and sweat, but eventually taking advantage of different opportunities that occur goes a long way. Last but certainly not least: network, network network! And network when you don’t need anything, it pays off in the long run.


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