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Case Study: Claire Rampen

Personal details
Degree:Modern Languages with Linguistics Profile picture
School(s): School of Modern Languages
Year of Graduation:Jun-2013
National of: United Kingdom
Employment details
Organisation: Telefónica Digital
Job title: Digital Leadership Graduate Scheme
Occupational Sector: Business Management
What has been your route to getting your current position?
I started my degree with the intention of becoming a teacher, but I realised that I was more drawn to business and enterprise. When it came to looking at opportunities beyond university, I felt that a job in a small company would give me the exposure to core business that I was looking for. In actual fact, as chance would have it, I was contacted by Telefonica Digital who was looking for graduates interested in start-ups to work for their Growth Accelerator business. The opportunity seemed exactly what I was looking for, despite being within a large corporation.
What does your job involve ?
I am working for one of the small businesses within Telefónica Digital, so the team is relatively small. For this reason, I am able to dip in and out of roles, meaning my responsibilities range from business development and strategy, to project management.
What are the best bits of your job ?
I love being part of a business that is in such a high growth stage, and I really enjoy both the organizational and intellectual challenges that my role presents.
Why were you successful?
I found that the best preparation for job interviews and to ensure success in your new role is to be as involved as possible in extra-curriculars. By that, I don't mean take on as many roles as possible purely for the titles on your CV, and simply do what is required but nothing more. Rather, make changes, make improvements, make an impact, and then quantify that impact - how many people did you help? How much money did you raise? Use those figures on your CV to show the scale of what you achieved.
What skills/ knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?
I use my languages every day in both a social and a professional capacity, so my degree had a lot of relevance in that regard. I also use research and writing skills on a daily basis.
What advice would you give to students wishing to follow the same path?
If you are working for a start-up or in any area of innovation, it is easy to be highly motivated. You can see changes happening because of the work you do, and it always feels like you are at a very exciting stage of growth. You also tend to work with people who are less corporate that in traditionally structured firms. You will most likely be working with more of a flat hierarchy, so it is a great opportunity to have your voice heard. Hours of work can vary, but when they are long, it is always for a good reason. There is no culture of staying at your desk just for show. Also, working in a high-growth company, there is a milestone to celebrate almost every week! Advice for anyone wanting to go into a core business role would be to get involved in projects at university where you are required to make something happen. When you have a relatively complex project that needs you to communicate, work to deadlines, and get something off the ground, this will be fantastic preparation for working in business.