Our Making the LEAP interview series features members of the team who’ve recently made the leap from their studies to a role at LEAP. Today, we introduce Hannah Carrington.
Hannah joined LEAP Create as a Degree Apprentice and works as an Account Executive. When she’s not in the office, she’s working towards her Digital Marketing degree at the University of Chichester.
Can you tell us about who you are and what you do at LEAP?
My role at LEAP Create involves working with the client services team to assist and manage projects and briefs to ensure that they run smoothly as well as meet client expectations and deadlines. Day-to-day, this means working closely with the clients and our team to book in resources and assist with proofreading and admin.
Did your studies help prepare you for your career?
While I am completing a degree apprenticeship, I am actually doing my studies and starting my career at the same time. I can honestly say that I am getting the best experience and exposure in the industry. It allows me to put my university learnings into practice at work straight away, as well as being able to put real life experience from work into my course assignments.
What do you most enjoy about your role?
One thing I love about working here at LEAP Create, is being able to work alongside a great team of talented individuals who genuinely care about the work, the clients, and each other. There is always something to laugh about in the office, and every day I wake up excited to see what the day ahead has to bring.
I enjoy having the opportunity to work in a great team who have not only helped support me with professional growth but have also given me more confidence and preparation for post-student life. I feel like I really started to realise my potential when I started here.
What is the project you’re most proud of so far?
I’m really proud of the CGI video job descriptions project which I have managed. During lockdown, these videos helped our client to recruit people, and they have continued to produce these videos after the Covid restrictions were lifted. It’s really exciting to see the videos live in action and hear about their success such as when someone is inspired to apply for a job at CGI after watching the videos and then they get hired.
Is there something your colleagues might not know about you yet?
I am a very active person and love spending time outdoors – it is so good for the soul! I have ridden horses since I was seven years old and am the proud owner of a 14.3hh skewbald Irish Sports Horse, Vinnie. We have lots of fun out on long hacks and competing in dressage and show jumping. After all this fun, Vinnie loves relaxing in his field (and is often nosing around to see if I have any carrots to give him!)
I also enjoy playing and watching netball. I play for a team in my local women’s league, and often go to watch Surrey Storm play in the Vitality Netball Superleague. I love how netball is exercise and fun all in one!
What advice would you give to someone interested in (or just starting out) working in this field?
Take every opportunity that is given to you. The marketing industry is constantly changing, so you will never stop learning!
I feel very privileged to be starting my career at LEAP Create and would encourage everyone to find a company that values you just as much as you value them.
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