A view from the top: Rutherford

Discover what advice Jonathan Skerrett gives to young people who want to set up their own business

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We spoke to Jonathan Skerrett, the Founder and Director of Rutherford, to find out more about his journey to the top.

What was it like finding your first job?

It was the best thing that ever happened to me, a wake-up call after education to the fact that the world is neither out to get you nor there to help you – it is simply agnostic! Learning to present the best version of yourself and actively sell yourself was entirely new for me and I hadn’t really been exposed to that beforehand. It was eye-opening and exciting at the same time.

Was it nerve-wracking to set up your own company and what would be your advice to a young person with the same dream?‍

It was nerve-wracking but I always knew I wanted to set a business up. I would say be honest with yourself and if you have that itch, it is unlikely to go away. That said, there are different ways to go about it these days. Entrepreneurial people should be able to accommodate good ideas, and I believe building something with other people is always better. We will invest in colleagues with track records and ideas. There is also much more scope these days for “bootstrapping” and testing a side-hustle first: I would suggest exploring the latter before jumping with both feet into entrepreneurship. You need to know if you are comfortable with the risks it comes with and it's sometimes unstable nature.

Why is it important for Rutherford to hire young talent?

New generations think differently. This diversity of thought combined with new or unconventional ideas can help strengthen and refresh a business and its decision-making process.

What's the best way to impress you in a job interview?

Preparation should never be underestimated: take the time to research the firm, its values, and its people. When preparation meets opportunity, it can bring luck and success. Be yourself throughout the entire process, but the best version you can be. I am also impressed by people who take ownership of past mistakes - accountability is key, and it is much more impressive to me than plausible excuses.