Katie Crossley

Tell us a little bit about you?

My name is Katie Crossley and I am a Website & Marketplace Manager at GetGeared.

What are you studying?

BA (Hons) Business Management             

Where are you working?

I work at GetGeared - we sell motorcycle clothing and accessories. I have been working at the company for five years and originally started out as an apprentice Digital Content Administrator, completing an NVQ in Business and Administration. Since then I have become the Website and Marketplace Manager: I look after our website, eBay and Amazon accounts.

Why did you choose a Degree Apprenticeship?

Being a slightly older student, (26) I could not go into full time education as I have a mortgage and so on. Additionally, as I was already working at my company, this opportunity means I am gaining a qualification for things that I have been doing every day.

What have you enjoyed most about your course?

I think the tutors are amazing, they all know your name (which does not normally happen at university); but they are all inspiring, a bit quirky and are genuinely interested in you succeeding. All of them work so hard and I love hearing their stories about their day jobs or where they used to work. They’re all super talented and I can say, hand on heart, that without them I would not have been getting the grades I have been getting!

What have you learnt so far during your work placement?

I have completed a PRINCE2 Course and a Conversion Rate Optimisation Course as part of my Self-Managed Learning modules. I have also provided a strategy for our blog, operations improvements and suggested an entirely new category on our website which was actually implemented.

How has your placement helped you with your studies?

The two go hand in hand with each other, having real working experience allows you to use examples in your coursework and understand how the theories may not work in every situation. Learning on the course is great, as you can bring ideas straight back to your business and implement them.

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

In my opinion, this is the best way to learn! You are earning money, have the chance to apply your theory, and can make improvements at your company. It’s a win-win for everyone and especially helps you improve your time management. Having a structured week is really good for your productivity.
I think if I was a full-time student I would end up wasting a lot of time,
where as having a job means you can’t!