Sam Burley, Accounting Assistant at Wincanton
How did studying at Pearson College London help you get into the world of business?
When applying for graduate jobs having a degree is a given, it's all the other stuff you've done around your degree that makes you stand out and be more employable and that's what studying Pearson College London gave me. The talent development team at Pearson College London helped me build my experiences into a narrative so that when I was in front of a panel at an interview I had a real story to tell and ultimately that is what has enabled me to take that leap into the business world.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently working as Purchase to Pay Accounting Assistant at Wincanton, a leading third party logistics (3PL) and supply chain solutions provider in the UK and Ireland. I'm currently working on improving Wincanton's expenses process ensuring it's robust enough to effectively support Wincanton's 17,500 employees. As part of my role I also support the Accounts Payable team who are responsible for processing over 400,000 invoices a year.
What lessons have you learnt during your time studying and your time working in business?
One of the key lessons that I've come to realise more and more is that the stereotypes people have in business are completely wrong, I know introverts working in business development and IT administrators who aren't technically minded. Businesses are made up of many teams of people who each have complementary skills and succeed when they work together. From this I've learnt to focus on the skills I can bring to the team and to work hard to be a good team player.
What was your favourite part of studying at Pearson College London?
Leaving home, moving in with future friends at Tufnell Park and living the London life. Right from going to after work drinks with lecturers to talk about my business ideas to industry days at large corporate offices, Pearson College London gave me experiences and opportunities that would have taken me decades to achieve without them.
If you had to sum up your time at Pearson College London in one word, what would it be and why?
My one word would be rewarding, Pearson College London for me was a perfect fit and I was greatly rewarded for taking the bold decision to study there and for the work that I put into my degree. When I left school I was adamant I didn't want to go to University just because it was the 'done thing', I would have much preferred to go into work but that's when I found Pearson College London and I fully bought into the concept of intensely blending industry engagement into the degree.
What's your favourite brand and why?
GCN (Global Cycling Network) - basically the Top Gear (or Grand Tour) of cycling... Just a bunch a guys with a passion for the sport who enjoy passing that enthusiasm onto others.