Katherine Everest

Tell us a little bit about you?

My name is Katherine Everest and I am 19. I'm from the Midlands.

What are you studying?

BA (Hons) Business Management

Where are you working?

Pearson PLC - General Management Assistant to the Higher Education Qualifications department.

Why did you choose a Degree Apprenticeship?

I went to a comprehensive then a grammar school for sixth form - where University was really pushed, but I knew studying solely at University wasn't for me. I was ready to work too. So I began to look for apprenticeships, which offered degree-level training.

During sixth form I had gained a lot of work experience from a software development company, to a luxury car manufacture to hospitality. Through doing so, I knew that I wanted to study business in more detail, and in order to do so I thought it would be best to be able to apply these in practice.

When I found the RDA (Rotational Degree Apprenticeship) - to have work experience at three FTSE 100 companies whilst studying for a degree, it seemed too good to be true. The perfect opportunity.

What have you enjoyed most about your course?

I have enjoyed learning more about business as a whole and how each aspect integrates with each other, gaining an overview of how companies really operate.

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

I have learnt so much, understanding how a FTSE 100 company operates. Within that its operations, marketing, understanding what the company stands for and how that can strongly impact on the products it produces.

I have also learnt and improved on so many 'soft-skills' that can only be learnt in the workplace.

How has your placement helped you with your studies?

The placement has been very beneficial with my studies as I have been able to see directly how the theory we have learnt in the classroom is applied in reality. From the finance module - so I can actually understand what is meant by the financial reports produced by my company, to understanding the different ways of marketing and how to do this effectively.