Adam Corbett, Key Account Manager at Henkel

Without having the degree from PCL, I wouldn’t have even been considered for the role.

Adam Corbett

How did studying at Pearson College London help you get into the world of business?

During My time at Pearson College London there were multiple industry days, these saw the students going to the Barbican or Industry professionals coming to the university to give talks and allow for networking sessions afterwards. They were very useful for building a professional network and seeking opportunities as well as gaining real life insight to the business world, not just information one can learn from a book. 

What was your favourite part of studying at Pearson College London?

I would say the best part about studying in Pearson College London would be its lecturers: they all have a passion for teaching and are all experts in their fields both through theory and worked experience, which I believe provides a unique experience to one’s education.  

Furthermore, similar to other universities, I was able to gain necessary knowledge and certifications to get myself into an interview with some of the largest companies in the world. I finally decided on Henkel for my Graduate Scheme working as a Key Account Manager (KAM) in their Laundry and Homecare Department. Without having the degree from PCL, I wouldn’t have even been considered for the role.  

Finally, Pearson College London also offer guaranteed internships in your time at university. I used mine to travel to Mumbai, India. When I was there, I had talks from many companies: Jio (3rd largest telecommunications company in the world) and Quidich (a leading force in Sport broadcasting through drone flight and VR), to name a couple. It was also interesting as I was able to see another culture so different to that of our own both socially and in work. This gave me a different perspective of how people work in different countries and allowed me something interest to talk about in interviews. 

Where have you gone on to work and what is your role?

As mentioned previously I have recently begun my career in Henkel; they are a chemical and consumer goods multinational company, operating globally providing products in adhesives, beauty care and laundry and homecare in both the consumer and industrial sector. My role is a key account manager for laundry and home care in in the Wholesale and Specialist channels. Essentially my role sees me overlook accounts within these channels, manage sales and promotions, and help to grow the accounts and the respective businesses through our products. 

What do you enjoy most about working for Henkel?

I would say that the best thing about the working at Henkel is that it is still family owned and you can tell this in the culture of the company. Everyone is really willing to help you. I’m also being pushed, I’ve been given a lot of responsibility for my station and from day one, it is very much a ‘thrown in at the deep end and expected to swim’ environment but also with the helping hand of those around you. 

What advice would you give to students looking to start a career within the business industry?

The only advice I could give to someone looking to start a career now is apply for everything, connect with everyone who is relevant to you and seek every opportunity. In times of such great uncertainty it is more important than ever to make sure you are making yourself the best you can be to really shine and stand apart from the rest. Otherwise someone else will take your dream job. I understand that it sounds hypercritical saying “apply to everything” and “dream job” in the same paragraph but I mean apply to everything you would enjoy, then once there make it a passion of yours to work for them. 

If you had to sum up your time at Pearson College London in one word, what would it be and why?

Essential. If I hadn’t had gone there, I wouldn’t have been who I am today, what I am today or where I am today. 

What’s your favourite brand and why?

It sounds cheesy but Apple. However, it’s for the reason that they have the audacity to essentially re-release the iPhone 8 knowing full well that people will still purchase it. They’ll charge astronomical prices and know full well people will pay for it. Isolate the technology from everyone except those in the Apple eco-system and still people will purchase the products. They seem to do everything against what books tell us, yet, are still one of the biggest companies in the world. Almost entirely due to their brand. 

What course did you study?

BA(Hons) Business Management with Marketing