Adiós Olivia, vamos a extrañarte!

My time as a member of the Catalyst team has taught me a lot, but before I bid adieu to SINC and the team, I’ve decided to write a blog about my experiences.

When I arrived at the Catalyst team, I had no idea what to expect. I had just finished a degree in PPE and had little to no experience in the business world. I also had no experience working a “real” 9-5:30 job so I wasn’t sure how I was going to adapt. Especially since I had spent the last 3 years with only a few university hours a week, meaning I had loads of free time! It definitely took a little while getting used to being at work for such a long period of time, but after the first month I began to find it easier.

Right from the start I was assigned projects with a multitude of different companies. In fact, even on my second day I was summoned to sit in a marketing meeting with Simon (our Sales and Marketing Innovation Advisor) and a fellow member company and invited to give input. I pretty much spent the whole meeting trying to figure out what the heck they were talking about (“B2B this and B2C that”…back then I had no idea what those terms meant!). It’s safe to say that during my first couple of months I paid considerable attention, asked questions and tried to soak up as much information as possible.

One of my first major projects was with a company called Joosr, who produce bite-sized reading summaries through their app. I helped them conduct market research to see whether their product had a place in the B2B market by interviewing heads of learning and development from various large companies (such as Weetabix and Scottish Enterprise). After finding out a little but more about the problems the L&D industry is facing and how Joosr could potentially solve some of those problems, I wrote a white paper which I am very proud of!

In addition to working with Joosr, I was fortunate enough to get to work with companies who were closely aligned with my passions and interests, such as Protein Pow, Paul Cowland (a personal trainer) and Race Nation (an online events registration platform). This was definitely my favourite part of the job. One of my most memorable experiences was getting to partake in a fitness photoshoot for Paul’s website on Brighton seafront!

Alongside helping companies out with social media, I also practiced my writing skills and wrote many blogs. Most recently, I project managed a set of weekly blogs for one of our biggest clients, Colour Me Social. Each week, I delegated a handful of blogs to different members of our Catalyst team to experiment with. Some blogs were easier to write than others, however the more challenging ones were the blogs that made me a better writer! I enjoyed putting myself in the shoes of different companies and trying to write from their respective perspectives (that’s a tongue twister huh?)

As my time at the Catalyst team comes to an end, I am very thankful for the many opportunities I’ve been given here at SINC. Working around entrepreneurs and dream-chasers every day has allowed me to really think about what I want to do with my life and how I want it to look. I am constantly inspired by the people around me, especially considering that many of them have quit their full time ‘safe’ jobs to pursue their passions. I’m not quite sure what I want to do with my life yet, which is partly why I am leaving the UK to do something a bit different. I hope that the next chapter of my life gives me some clarity, but for now….gracias y adios SINC y el grupo de Catalyst!

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