Matthew Wiles, Underwriting Analyst, Simply Business

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

It provided me with great context to apply to my role, especially in a tech driven organisation. Pearson College London’s approach to education is innovative, and if anything it made me want to work in an organisation like that too.

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

The flexibility of learning options, as I did not live in London it fits in with my life well as lectures were scheduled to be over three days.

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

Insightful.

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

After graduating I joined Volkswagen Group head office, working as a product analyst for just over a year. I then decided to move to London and began working at Simply business in December 2018. I am currently an Underwriting Analyst, with the responsibility of monitoring performance of our Insurance products profitability at a macro level.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m currently developing a new reporting suite for my team with SQL and Tableau which will automate most of the manual tasks we currently have to do.

What do you enjoy most about working for Simply Business?

Very innovative company with a strong operating model, fantastic growth prospects and a culture which promotes innovation and entrepreneurship much better than Volkswagen.

What lessons have you learnt during your time studying and your time working in business?

How data driven organisations are becoming, and the importance of presenting this data within the right context, to drive business decisions correctly.

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

Look at degree apprenticeships, I partly did one and meant I only paid one years tuition in total.

What's your favourite brand and why?

Patagonia - They donate either 1% of sales or 10% of pre tax profits to environmental groups and the CEO has just pledged the $10 million they would save from environmental tax cuts to the same groups.

What course did you study?

Business and Entrepreneurship BSc

Pearson College London’s approach to education is innovative, and if anything it made me want to work in an organisation like that too.

Matthew Wiles, Underwriting Analyst, Simply Business