It has finally come to that time of the year when I really need to write a blog. This week sadly, is my last here at Breaking Blue. In this blog I will try to describe how much these past 9 months as a placement student have changed my life, though it will be hard to fit it all in!
I remember in July last year when Anna, our HR Manager, called me to tell me I got the job. I had no idea of what to expect and how rewarding it would feel. When I then started in September, I went in the office and on my first day I was welcomed as if I had always been there. There was cake in the kitchen, which turned out to be part of a normal day at Breaking Blue, and smiling faces all around me. In the following weeks I had a lot of training and got to know the industry. Once I got into the rhythm everything started falling into place. I loved every project I worked on and I admit – some of them were challenging, but those were the ones I learnt most from.
I think the first job a person has after university is very important and it has to be just right because it will shape the way they approach work and will affect their day-to-day life. Going to lectures at 1pm for an hour and then meeting friends is very different to actually creating a daily routine and sticking to it. When I was looking for a placement, I knew I wanted something different and challenging. I chose market research because it had less to do with mathematics (though that is a big part of analytics) and more to do with understanding people, analysing the findings and providing clients with a sound and sensible solution to their problem.
Luckily, I found myself in the London office of Breaking Blue and I couldn’t be happier. Working in a medium sized agency means you quickly get to know everyone, which in effect created one big work family. I found great friends here, along with excellent colleagues.
The past 9 months have been absolutely invaluable for me. I had the chance to work on quant and qual projects, with different teams and various clients. I learnt to push myself in order to deliver the work that was expected of me. I learnt to use different software for data manipulation and survey scripting. All of this along with a lot of data checking, charting and PowerPoint reports, which made my experience here so valuable.
The next step for me is starting a new course at UCL: BSc Project Management for Construction. Having learnt how to work as part of a team on a tight time schedule while managing suppliers will definitely help me make a successful start to my new degree. I will take with me all the things that everyone here at Breaking Blue has taught me and I am sure we will cross paths again.