Tell us a little bit about you?

My Name is Holly Garrett, I am 19 years old and live at home in Milton Keynes with my family and golden labrador.

What are you studying?

I am studying a Business Management Degree at Pearson College London - Validated by the University of Kent.

Where are you working?

I am currently on my first placement working at Tesco within the Social Media and Digital Content Team. I am really enjoying my placement as I am getting involved in lots of different seasonal campaigns and I’ve had the opportunity to visit the twitter head offices!

Why did you choose a Degree Apprenticeship?

I believed that the this degree apprenticeship was the perfect course for me as I knew I wanted to study a Business Management degree at university but I was unsure what industry I wanted to work in after university. When I saw this opportunity I was very excited at the prospect of gaining work experience in three different companies and three different job areas and knew that not only would it be great work experience but it also may help give me more of an idea about what I wanted to do in the future.

In addition to this I can’t help but admit the prospect of earning an annual salary whilst having no student debt was also rather tempting!

What have you enjoyed most about your course?

The seminars are very interactive and current as we are always using the most recent case studies. In addition to this we often work in small groups which provides us with a great platform to get to know other people on the scheme and also bounce our ideas off one and other.

Another great benefit of the course is the amazing industry links that the university has with outside companies. They are always contacting us about fantastic opportunities within major companies such as L’Oreal or even international opportunities.

What have you learnt so far, during your work placement?

During my work placement I have learnt many different things. I have gained an understanding of the importance of digital marketing to large companies and more specifically the role that social media plays. I have grown in confidence through having the opportunity to present my work to managers and groups. In addition to this I have developed my communication skills, and have learnt to question things in a constructive way.

Furthermore to this I have had the opportunity to attend numerous marketing courses as well as general courses such as ‘presentation skills’, ‘personal effectiveness’, and ‘resilience and vitality’, all of which were extremely valuable and relatable to the real world.

How has your placement helped you with your studies?

Working alongside studying is at times very stressful especially when deadlines are looming! However, it is undoubtedly a huge benefit to my studies. At school I often found that what I was learning wasn’t relevant to the real world. However now I can relate business theories that I am learning to certain scenarios at work and I have an amazing opportunity to put my studies into practice in the real world.