Calvin Newman, Marketing Manager, Pave
How did studying at Pearson College London help you get into the world of business?
Pearson College London helped me to see how the world of business really works from a first-hand perspective by being inside a FTSE100 company. Being given the opportunity to meet CEOs and senior members of staff gave me the confidence, as well as the ability, to be able to engage and communicate effectively with people at different stages of their careers. Pearson College London also showed me the importance of being able to work in a team as well as being able to do work individually, this is especially true in the world of business.
What are you working on at the moment?
After living and working in Australia, I am now back in the United Kingdom working as Marketing Manager within Pave, an organisation providing unique internships in India to students and graduates. This role involves recruitment, offline and online marketing, partnership development and strategy creation. Pave is also a partner company to Once Upon a Doug, a social enterprise founded by five students including myself in 2013. I am now once again fully involved with Once Upon a Doug and am hoping to travel out to India to once again meet our beneficiaries in the next year.
So you recently finished an internship with Pearson Australia in Sydney, what did you enjoy most?
Above everything else, I enjoyed the business culture during my internship, I was able to fit in and get along with everyone at the office from day one, for me it’s more important to enjoy what you do and where you do it than to just do any job. After my internship had concluded, I was given the opportunity to step into the position of Office Manager at Pearson Australia.
What lessons have you learnt during your time studying and your time working in business?
I’ve learnt two important things during my time studying and my time in the working world:
- Never miss an opportunity. Opportunities can come in the form of something miniscule and grow into something much larger, always make sure that you make the most out of every opportunity you are presented with.
- Be the best you can be - no matter what you are doing or when you are doing it, be the best you can be. Your only competition is how good you were yesterday; always strive to be better and success will follow.
What was your favourite part of studying at Pearson College London?
The hands-on approach – I can’t even count the number of times I had to present to a room full of people or how many new people I met during industry days whilst I was at Pearson College London. These experiences helped me to gain confidence when presenting, whether it was to a room full of people or one-on-one in an interview setting, as well as providing me with a larger network once I had graduated.
If you had to sum up your time at Pearson College London in one word, what would it be and why?
Worthwhile – without going to Pearson College London, I honestly believe that I wouldn’t be where I am at the moment, with the skills I possess. Going to a traditional University isn’t bad by any means, but Pearson College London allowed me to see what the business world was like first-hand, allowing me to get accustomed to this over the three years I studied there, preparing me for the next chapter of my life through presentations, industry days and many different opportunities.
Tell us about your involvement with the Once Upon A Doug project?
During my second year in 2013, I was given the opportunity to be one of the founders of a social enterprise, the project is called Once Upon a Doug. We were able to partner with an organisation called No Nasties, an ethical fashion brand based in India, and Chetana Vikas, a developmental non-profit social organization, also based in India.
After careful and extensive planning in the UK, our team was able to travel to India to meet our partners and our beneficiaries in person, making sure that they are also as involved with the project as much as we are. Two years have passed since that trip in 2014 and Once Upon a Doug now creates a symbol of hope for our beneficiaries and is generating awareness around the globe.
After taking a break from Once Upon a Doug to gain experience and further my career, I am now heading out to India again this year to meet the new students on the project and continue the great work that we started three years ago.
What's your favourite brand and why?
My favourite brand would have to be Under Armour, this is because they make excellent products and they are able to go out and market these spectacularly, creating partnerships with stars such as Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, inticing brand loyalty and we can see this through their success in the sports world.
Any advice for students looking to start a career within the business industry?
Network as much as you can while you are in University; it’s one of the easiest times to meet new people from a range of different backgrounds and academic experiences, providing you with a myriad of opportunities once you graduate. Secondly, make sure that you try and get as much experience as you can, it doesn’t matter what it is, your experiences will shape your future.
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