Phoebe Walker

Tell us a little bit about you?

My name is Phoebe, I’m 18 years old and I’m from Hertfordshire. I’m in the first year of my Degree Apprenticeship, after having studied Geography, RE and Sociology at A level.

What are you studying?

BA (Hons) Business Management

Where are you working?

I’m currently working in External Relations department in the Product Marketing team for Pearson College London, working on projects for both the Business School and Escape Studios.

Why did you choose a Degree Apprenticeship?

I never wanted to go to a traditional University, as I didn’t like the idea of living away from home, but at the same time I still wanted to gain a degree. As a result, the Degree Apprenticeship was the perfect combination, it also allowed me to work in London, and be a part of the City lifestyle!

What have you enjoyed most about your course?

I’ve really enjoyed learning the Principles Of Business modules, as they’ve demonstrated the theory behind what we do at work! Also, by applying the Introduction to Research project to my job, I’ve been able to understand my role in further detail, whilst benefiting the College at the same time! I’ve loved meeting so many people who share similar interests, and provide guidance on the course!

What have you learnt so far during your work placement?

Whilst working, I’ve learnt how to adapt to new situations, and quickly understand how to use new software systems. I’ve also been taught that sometimes you need to be pushed from your comfort zone, and ask questions, such as when we’ve had to work in the enquiries team, as this is the best way to benefit from a situation!

How has your placement helped you with your studies?

Having a job alongside studying has really helped me with the degree! It’s meant that in seminars, we’re already familiar with certain methods and materials from work. Working has also allowed me to match real life practices with academic theory, expanding my knowledge.

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

I’d say really research the role and read the job description in detail. Think back to how any of your experiences could be applied to the role, always using examples - this will show practical thinking and help you to stand out!