Ri5 Profile: Stacey-Rebekka Karlsson


As reported last week, Stacey is the new Head of Partnerships at Guardian Jobs. Here she tells us how she got into the industry, her favourite people and a little more about herself. If you're hoping to learn the Saxophone at Glastonbury, then Stacey may be able to help.

How did you first get into the industry?

I got into the industry by accident. I used to work in events management and it was really bad pay and crazy hours, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, so I researched companies that I wanted to work for; companies that had good values, ethics, opportunity for career development etc. The Guardian was one of them. I applied for an entry level telesales job and worked my way up from there.

Would you do the same again?

I'd absolutely do the same again. Hard graft, an understanding of the business and a passion for the organisation I work for has paid off. 

What would you do if you didn’t do this?

I'd probably be an accountant. I'm a bit of a maths geek. 

Who are your favourite people from the industry?

My favourite people from the industry (we're talking agencies right) are Dave Brooks, Colin Barnett and Liz King from TMP. Oh, and Ken Kane from ThirtyThree! 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received in your career?

Best piece of advice I've been given..... pick your battles.

And what piece of advice would you give somebody starting out in the sector?

And what I'd give? Meet as many people as possible, your networks are your most important asset. Only say something if you've got something nice to say, and be honest, truthful and hardworking. 

What’s your favourite recruitment ad?

The MI5 ads are banging.

And what’s your favourite non-recruitment ad?

I'm a retro chick, the Flat Eric Levi's ad is a corker. But the new Heineken ad is cool too, and all the ads that aired during the Superbowl this year.

You’re entertaining industry contacts. Where do you take them, and why?

VIP at Glastonbury for sure! We're lucky enough to be the media partners for Glasto, so I have to go every year 😝. it's my favourite place in the world and taking clients is always fantastic. 

What are you reading at the moment?

Currently I'm reading IQ84, by Haruki Murakami. My boyfriend bought me it for Christmas, last year! 

And what are you listening to?

I'm listening to the Glasto playlist on Spotify.

Which five guests would you invite to your ideal dinner party?

Ooh. Miles Davis, David Bowie, Fidel Castro, Michelle Obama, and Stella McCartney. And I'd ask Paul Dixon who heads up the Guardian's Agency team to cook for us. He is an amazing cook!

What are your top three films?

Top 3 films. Easy. Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Usual Suspects and The Jungle Book. (The old Disney cartoon one, the soundtrack is phenomenal).

Something or someone for Room 101?

I get really bad hayfever. I wish I could put that in Room 101.

What items do you never leave home without?

I never leave home without my sunnies, a bottle of Chanel, and my iPhone earphones.

Who’s your biggest hero, and why?

My Mum is my biggest hero. She brought my brother and I up on her own and worked the entire time too. She's instilled an ethic in both of us that if you work hard, treat others as you'd wish to be treated and follow your dreams, you can achieve anything.

What is your ideal holiday?

Ha ha, I'm sure if you asked my team they'd tell you Vegas or Cuba, but honestly, anywhere as long as I'm with the people I love. I must get better at switching my work phone off though!

Your best and worst habits?

My best and worst habit or trait is probably that I'm a perfectionist. It means work always get completed on time, and to a high standard, but I'm meticulous about details which sometimes gives my team a bit of a headache.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

My guilty pleasure is putting a record on really loud, and dancing in my living room on my own. I am a morning person and I have a bad ass sound system. You should try it, it really makes me happy!

What has been your worst/most boring job you’ve ever had?

I don't think I've ever had a boring job, it’s always what you make of it, isn't it? 

What single fact would surprise people the most about you?

Hmm.... where do I start? I speak 3 languages, my family is Swedish but I was born in Middlesbrough, grew up in Kent, and have lived my entire adult life in London. I'm qualified to teach saxophone, studied at the Royal Academy of Dance as a youngster, and competed at a national level in Ballroom and Latin American dancing as a teenager. 


Thanks Stacey. If you'd like to nominate someone or take part yourself please email editorial@ri5.co.uk


Monday, 8 May 2017

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Fraser Chapman Date: May 12, 2017

Great profile Stacey - glad we share the love of Usual Suspects. I'll buy a pair of Hunters for Glasto :)

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