Interviewee: Alex Dargan
Profession: Marketing Operations Intern
Here at StudentJob UK, we managed to get an exclusive interview from a current employee of Adidas, at their Head Office in Germany. We got to ask him a number of questions to see what a day in the life of an abroad intern is like.
Describe a day in your job role in one sentence.
My daily job role would be that I assist the internal marketing operations of the business, supporting it to run smoothly and encourage internal improvement.
When you arrive at work, what are the first 5 things you do?
1. Get coffee!
2. Check emails I may have missed from the previous day
3. Check if I have any meetings or anything planned for the day
4. Talk to my manager about the day ahead, the aims for that day and what tasks I need to complete.
5. Keep up to date on the internal message board, to see what other parts of the company are up to, monitoring other departments, etc.
What was your very first job? How did you get this? (And how did you get to the profession and position you are now at?
My first ever job was a sales assistant at Clintons Cards, I worked there for a year and three months during the time I was taking my A-levels at sixth form. I got this job not only to provide me with a little extra money but for the experience working in a store, in which I could place on my CV. I landed this job by going through their website and applying directly.
What type of job would you dislike the most to do and why?
The job I would dislike to do the most would be something where I was doing the same thing day in day out. In addition, a job that I was not actually enjoying, I didn’t want to go work every time I woke up and not liking any aspects of the job at all. This would be one of the worst kind of jobs and could put you off the field of work forever.
If you could speak to your 18-year-old self again, what would you say?
“Just keep doing what you’re doing. Take all the opportunities that are handed to you, but don’t wait for something to fall into your hand. Go out and actively look for something too.
What is the best thing that your current role has done for you? What is the worst?
In just over 2 months of starting the internship, it has allowed me to network with so many different people at the company, and not just interns. Thanks to my role, I have met product managers, and staff from all over the world that work in the markets. By showing these people my capabilities and what I can actually do it may lead me to more opportunities when it comes to graduating. The worst would be the early morning starts!
If you could do any job in the world, just for one day. What would it be?
A Footballer. Classic boy comment I know but I think every young lad has dreamed of playing for their favourite team (Bolton Wanderers). Being able to play for them was always a dream of mine, but unfortunately, I’m not the best at playing football!
What do you enjoy the most about your job?
I enjoy the fact I actually work for a company like Adidas, being able to have a company so well-known on my CV at the age of 20, is one of the best opportunities I could have ever imagined. Also, the bonus point that the location of my internship in Germany made it greater. As not only does the brand itself look good on my CV but the experience of working abroad, shows future employers I have gained other skills during my time here.
If you had to give advice to a young professional now, on how to gain a job like yours. What would it be?
I would tell them to “Make the most of the opportunities that are presented to you. Try and put yourself that one step ahead of all your other peers graduating the same time as you. As these are the same people that will be searching and applying for the same graduate jobs as you
In addition, I would also recommend to upcoming young professionals to go abroad. As I applied for my current role because it puts me that one step ahead of the students that only did local internships. Therefore by having that international experience, it puts me in a better position when I go to graduate and allows me to gain more than use knowledge from the experience itself.
Alex Dargan (20), Adidas Marketing Operations Intern
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