Careers: Job Ladder - Angela Emms, director, the Rainbow Centre

What was your first job? I first worked as a recruitment consultant for Morgan West Associates in Bristol. I did that job for three months after a degree in international management at Bath University. Then I worked in customer services for IT companies.

What were your two key career moves? Joining the NSPCC as fundraising assistant for the London region in 1997. It was my first paid job in the voluntary sector. I was later promoted to community appeal manager. I moved from that role to become director of the Rainbow Centre.

What made you join the voluntary sector? Before, I was doing a job to be able to pay the rent; now I am being paid to do my hobby: fundraising. I used to take part in a lot of rags as a student. I also really enjoyed my experience as a volunteer for the NSPCC in Bristol before working for the charity in London.

Why do you think you got your present job? I was asked to do a 15-minute presentation on how I would raise money to develop the charity - they thought I had the best plan. Now I can put some of the ideas into practice.

Who's been your biggest influence? My parents. They always let me take my own decisions.

What was the best moment of your career? To be able to see the direct outcome of our services each time parents come to the centre to receive our support.

... and your worst moment? When I was at a parade in honour of the Queen Mother. I was dressed as an NSPCC happy child, but it was 30 deg C outside and I was really uncomfortable.

What's your tip for success? Being positive and enjoying what you do is the best way to be successful.

How do you relax? I work long hours because I juggle between fundraising and the running of the centre, but I enjoy getting away from work with friends and my partner.

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