Will Monange, Portfolio Coordinator, BT

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

The focus of a university is to give the education to obtain a Degree. Arguably, any university does a decent job at that. Where a university stands out is in what else it offers you whilst you obtain that degree. At Pearson College London, that unique offer is a direct link to the business world. For me, it created this link by merging the line between university and the working world. University students often leave university daunted by the overwhelming leap ahead of them into the real world, the business world. Pearson made that leap feels more like a step for me. By allowing me to access a diverse business network it made me feel like I was in the world of business from day 1. The nature of the apprenticeship meant I was working for the BBC 4 days a week, allowing me to get a real understanding of what it meant to be part of a big business, that feeling was carried through on a Friday at university where most of the course content was focused on real industry application.

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

After a fantastic time at BBC I now work at BT as a Portfolio Coordinator for their technology transformation portfolio. Quite simply, my role consists of working with senior management and teams across BT to ensure that BT’s projects and programs for technology change are successfully delivered.

Alongside this, I work as a co-founder on a variety of startups with entrepreneur and YouTuber Joel Morris. The time management skills developed whilst both working and studying made this double workload possible.

What are you working on at the moment?

Currently I’m working across a variety of ambitious programs and projects that will fundamentally transform BT’s technology departments. This includes making the organisation a faster agile one, to exploring how it can capitalise on automation to allow its employees to better focus on work that really makes a difference to each and every customer.

What do you enjoy most about working for BT?

For me, the excitement of the role is in the ability to have a tangible impact in an organisation that inevitably goes on to impact thousands of people across the UK. The responsibility and reward that comes with that stands out as being what I enjoy most because there is always strong experience to learn from it and take forward.

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

Pearson College London’s small size and big network enables it to expose you to a variety of industry networks and opportunities that you would otherwise never have access to. This was my favorite part because it made me feel that nothing was quite as unreachable as I previously thought it might have been. It brought simplicity to the complex world of business. This made everything exciting; university wasn’t simply a process of getting a mark on a paper to make my parents happy but instead was a constant opportunity to get started with what university students often refer to as “real life”. Pearson College London specifically gave me the opportunity to attend conferences with ministers, CEO’s, notorious business professors and much more. Each time this enforced the idea that the world that often seems so unreached is very accessible if the university opens those doors for you.

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

Opportunity. I arrived in London to study at Pearson College London and work with the BBC as part of Degree Apprenticeship. I'd never thought I would have been exposed to so many different opportunities, it was a constant factor, with a new one showing up day to day. Pearson College London supported me in exploring, creating and capitalising on as many opportunities that came my way. Pearson College London focused on me as an individual. I didn’t feel like a number, one of thousands of students in a lecture. No, instead I was a member of a close-knit community meaning that my lecturers, mentors and tutors worked with me in supporting my development and taking on opportunities.

Tell me about the time you spent as a Degree Apprentice and what it was like working and studying?

It was hard. It was rewarding. It was a steep learning curve. The combination of the two forces you to scale up your development… very quickly. Both professionally and academically you’re expected to learn FAST. At times this momentum can be hard but that’s what coffee and Redbulls for. That said, the motivation to go on was always there because the reward was constantly there. The reward of working with amazingly talented people, the reward of learning faster and faster or of building a really unique network. You see yourself learning faster; my studies made more sense as I was seeing it in practice at work, whilst my practise at work made more sense because I was constantly reviewing it in my studies.  For me, I wanted a challenge and it’s fair to say that a challenge is what I got.

What advice would you give to students looking to start at Degree Apprenticeship?

There is nothing stopping you from getting it. It’s all about just throwing yourself at each and every opportunity. Both when applying and when you eventually get on, because if you really want to then you WILL get on one. You might miss a few times but you’ll never loose, I say this because each time you shoot and miss in applying you’ll have gained a new insight that will allow you to be more successful next time. And lastly, don’t stress about the exact role you’re applying for… we’re young, most of us don’t really have any idea what we want to do. So pick an organisation that excites you and then get yourself through those doors. From there it’s just a game of standing out.

What's your favorite brand and why?

Disney is a brand that I admire. It has captured the imagination of the young and old for decades. Consistently adapting to changing societal desires to provide amazing content and incredible products and services. It started with a simple concept of a little mouse and has grown into something that’s part of many of today’s childhood memories, including my own.

What course did you study?

I studied Business Management through the BBC’s Higher Business Management Apprenticeship. I worked Monday to Thursday and studied at Pearson College on a Friday. This was done as fast track, (that’s short for no holidays!) completing it in 2 years to obtain an honors Degree in Business Management and my CMI accreditation as a Chartered Manager.

Pearson College London specifically gave me the opportunity to attend conferences with ministers, CEO’s, notorious business professors and much more.

Will Monange, Portfolio Coordinator, BT