Lewis Gray, Media Rights Coordinator, UEFA
What course did you study?
How did studying at Pearson College London help you get into business?
I was on the BBC apprenticeship which involved four days of work in my relevant department at the BBC, and one day a week studying for my degree at Pearson Business School. The whole purpose of the apprenticeship was to combine studying and working at the same time. The course at Pearson Business School provided the gateway to this opportunity, which naturally has had a major impact on my career so far.
What are you working on at the moment?
I currently work for UEFA in Switzerland as a Media Rights Coordinator. It’s a varied role which in the main sees me manage the overall sales process of the media rights to some of UEFA’s competitions, and then coordinate rights delivery internally.
Why did you choose an apprenticeship scheme?
I chose an apprenticeship scheme so that I could get into the world of work whilst also being able to gain a degree. The opportunity to get work experience at the BBC and gain a degree without obtaining any debt was something that I couldn’t turn down. The apprenticeship also offered me the chance to go into different departments at the BBC. This really helped me to figure out what sort of career I wanted to pursue.
How was your experience on the apprenticeship shceme?
My experience on the scheme was fantastic. The course was coordinated and run really well by Pearson Business School. It provided the opportunity to learn the theoretical elements behind some of the day to day business that I was experiencing in the workplace.
What was your favourite part of studying at Pearson College London?
The lecturers were all professionals in their field, which enabled them to relate what we were learning in the classroom to the actual reality in the workplace. I found this extremely beneficial, with it really contributing to me growing as a professional.
If you had to sum up your time at Pearson College London in one word, what would it be and why?
Invaluable- the apprenticeship has set the foundations for me as a professional and provided me with opportunities that I never would have had if I had followed the standard university route. Naturally, it was therefore extremely worthwhile and an experience that I’ll never forget!
What lessons have you learnt during your time studying and your time working in business?
You get out what you put in- put the hard work in and the rewards will come. There is not a single best way of doing things- businesses will very often want your fresh ideas and approaches to work, so don’t be afraid to challenge what is perceived as the norm.
Any advice for students looking to study a degree apprenticeship?
Go for it- I couldn’t recommend it highly enough! Be prepared to work hard- there is a lot to juggle when you work full time and are studying for a degree.
What's your favourite brand and why?
My favourite brand at the moment would probably have to be a small speciality coffee company in Lausanne- The Goodlife Coffee Co. Following sustainable sourcing practices and providing courses on the concept of “green coffee”- all on their way to attempting to grow the coffee culture in Switzerland!