We often have work experience students spend time with us to help them learn something new and introduce them to various practices across the company. We’ve caught up with our recent work experience student, Joe, to find out how he’s found working with us. Joe is a Sports Science student from University of Swansea and has been a major help to us over the past month.
How did you get here?
I started attending entrepreneurship sessions at uni to learn more about business and what skills are needed for that. There, I was offered to enter The Big Pitch Swansea - an entrepreneurship competition to challenge myself. I had to come up with an idea to demonstrate my entrepreneurship skills and pitch it to a panel of judges from various fields. My idea involved technology that measured resistance in water sports activities, which could also be applied clinically to prevent elderly people from falling. My idea was picked as one of the winners and the prize was a four week internship with a business of my choice. Degree 53 was one of the more interesting options due to matching interest in technology, range of departments and easy transport routes for me.
What was your first impression of Degree 53?
Everyone was very welcoming and friendly. I expected to be making cups of tea for everyone, but they never asked me to and gave me real tasks instead. It was much better than I anticipated.
What has your experience been like and what did you learn?
I’ve worked across a range of areas, such as marketing, business analysis, strategy, QA, business development and project management. I had some objectives prior to starting and believe I have completed them all. I’ve helped to come up with new content ideas for marketing, completed thorough competitor analysis and come up with solutions to address a client’s needs. The QA team showed me how to identify any issues and bugs with projects, while one of the project managers taught me to estimate a PERT (project evaluation and review technique), as well as putting together a plan for an upcoming project. I was also involved in the new business side, working on a proposal for a potential client and identifying leads for the company. In addition, I enjoyed being part of a client meeting to go through their idea and came up with suggestions to advance this.
The main thing I learned during my experience at Degree 53 is that you don’t have to be a business graduate to be part of an organisation. You can apply your skills from other courses or disciplines and be involved in coming up with different solutions for the business and clients.
What do you see yourself doing in the future?
I wouldn’t mind working for a digital agency in the future. I thoroughly enjoyed working with all the departments and would want to work in a company that doesn’t limit itself to one specific industry, as it would be good to work with a range of clients. I liked what Chris (Digital Strategist) does, engaging with various people around the agency. It was a privilege to work with various departments and helping everyone with their tasks. I am also keen to work with Business Wales to see if my competition idea is feasible. Finally, I’d like to further enhance my business knowledge, take the skills developed in Degree 53 and apply them as productively as possible.
What’s next for you?
In five days’ time, I’ll be off to Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro for charity, Dig Deep. It’s a 20 day expedition, involving a six day climb, a safari and going to the beach for well deserved relaxation. After that, I’m going back to uni for my last year and working on my dissertation. I look forward to my graduation.
We’re so glad that Joe had such a great time with us and learned so many new things. We’ve certainly enjoyed having him here and have all been pleased with his work.
We’re more than happy to offer work experience to students to help them gain new skills and get a taste of what it’s like to work in a digital agency. We also offer similar overviews for our new starters so they get a good understanding of the agency as a whole and what each department does in the business.
If you’d like to spend some time for work experience with us or join our team, get in touch!