Finlay Cullender

Tell us a little bit about you?

I’m Fin, a 20 year old Degree Apprentice currently studying Business Management & working at Pearson. I’m a DJ and Producer in my spare time, and also run an events business with a friend. The Rotational Degree Apprenticeship has helped me both develop personal & professional skills, and I’ve been able to link the course with my own interests outside of work and university.

What are you studying?

BA (Hons) Business Management             

Where are you working?

Currently at Pearson plc, but my home company is OgilvyOne.

Why did you choose a Degree Apprenticeship?

The opportunity to ‘earn and learn’ was the main attraction for me. It seemed like a no-brainer to be able to graduate debt-free, and with 3 years work experience in FTSE 100 companies under my belt.

What have you enjoyed most about your course?

I’ve loved meeting people at the companies I’ve worked at. Some of my colleagues & former colleagues are amazing at what they do, and being able
to see some of these people in action and learn from them was something I
didn’t necessarily expect when signing up. Being involved in large projects has
been exciting too, as I typically had thought of apprentices as being the
tea-boy.

What have you learnt so far during your work placement?

I’ve learnt a lot about the importance of creating effective processes, and the barriers that can be caused by lack of, or even too much process. I’ve also learnt a lot about what I want to pursue as a career, and gained both experience in what I love doing, and what I perhaps didn’t realise I disliked
doing. All my experiences have allowed me to learn and gain understanding into my own person preferences in a role.

How has your placement helped you with your studies?

In some cases my day-to-day work has coincided with my work placement,
which has been excellent. Even if this isn’t the case, I find myself using
skills I’ve learnt the week before at university, and testing these in a real-world environment. This is definitely something I wouldn’t have had on a
traditional degree, nor in a regular job.

Do you have any advice for anyone applying for a degree apprenticeship?

Go for it. It’s helped me massively to understand the business world, develop great contacts, gain invaluable experience & build a greater vision of what I want my career to be. The range of tasks I’ve completed, and roles I’ve had to fill have all served to develop my skill set. There really isn’t another opportunity like this.