Tell us a little bit about you?
I’m a full time working mum to 4 children; 6 year old twins, an 11 year old and an 18 year old. Life is super busy and when I am not rushing around trying to get to many different clubs such as Gymnastics, Dance and Football, I enjoy travelling, eating out, and letting my hair down with friends and a Gin and Tonic! I am also partial to a bit of DIY and am already a seasoned researcher when it comes to this topic…
What are you studying?
BA (Hons) Business Management
Where are you working?
I currently work for Pearson plc and manage International Approvals and Quality Assurance for Pearson’s Vocational qualifications delivered overseas.
Why did you choose a Degree Apprenticeship?
This was an opportunity to gain a qualification whilst working, along with skills and knowledge that complimented my role. I left school with no qualifications and my previous work experience has really supported me on this journey.
What have you enjoyed most about your course?
It’s been great to meet apprentices from other businesses with many different backgrounds and have the opportunity to network and learn from them. I am able to link the work I am undertaking directly to my role and make a real difference where it matters. My Self-Managed Learning module took me to the Middle East and the output of this research is now being used to improve the service we offer to our international customers.
What have you learnt so far during your work placement?
Gosh, I could talk forever about this, I work very closely with the international sales teams in Pearson although I am based in the UK Regulations and Quality Department. I have been able to understand sales techniques and make recommendations about how we can support our customers following this ‘onboarding’ process. I’ve learnt about the principles of business and how these differ when considering large and small businesses and also the skills and traits needed to be a great leader. I manage an amazing team of three who are based in Hong Kong, Egypt and India so these skills and traits are even more significant because we very rarely meet face to face.
How has your placement helped you with your studies?
My current role has allowed me to put what I am learning into context. Just this week we learnt about market orientation and I was immediately able to link this to the processes, culture, values and behaviors that are found within Pearson. I understand the importance of communication, motivation and support in order to nurture the workforce and achieve company objectives.
Do you have any advice for anyone applying for a degree apprenticeship?
Embrace it and enjoy! Talk to as many people as you can and utilise all of the support on offer. It’s an amazing experience and you will learn things that you will use both in work and everyday life.