This post was written by third year BSc Business Analytics student Emma, Insights Executive at William Grant & Sons UK
Since I first checked in, I am so much more comfortable and confident in my position and with the team at WGS, I have been able to work from home some days which is helpful considering I travel 70 miles in rush hour traffic each day! I have become a lot better at using spreadsheets and database software from a variety of jobs and brands to work with over the festive period. I had also been “Snowballing” which is where the whole office goes out into supermarkets and merchandise our products, securing extra shelf space and making it look neat as Christmas is our major period.
The early mornings have become easier and I still have a social life with my team, we have had lots of outings and fun events such a stay in a mansion-type house in the New Forest around Christmas time where we celebrated with a Christmas dinner and wreath making before enjoying some drinks and games in the evening. I have also visited Manchester for database training and got to experience an “on trade safari” which is essentially going to a few bars in central Manchester, getting to try lots of new cocktails and drinks as well as admiring establishments our products are sold in. All hotels and drinks are expensed by the company which is another one of the perks working with WGS. Since my last post, I have stayed in a luxury hotel in Guildford for the annual company conference which was a two day event, giving small snippets of each of our brands and the plans for 2018. This event came complete with; you guessed it, more amazing drinks and a formal gala dinner which was actually a load of fun!
I have been up to the Richmond WGS office and have attended two Marketing Fundamentals courses which have given me useful insights and ideas for my dissertation. These courses have supported the concepts learned in first and second year and it’s good to get a refresher of some of the business ideas since being out of university.
I’d also been incredibly lucky since last checking in with the blog, I got a last minute two week cruise around the Caribbean late November and was able to use holiday to allow me such an amazing experience! WGS have been very accommodating; I wouldn’t have been able to do that if I went straight into my third year.
Tomorrow I’m off to Dufftown in Scotland (flight and hotels included, wooo!) where our distilleries are located. I’m presenting new insights from the updated data in front of the team. This is a very big opportunity for me as I’ve been given full responsibility from the beginning for the analysis and data to create an updated story for Glenfiddich.
All in all, I’ve had an incredibly fun and social first 6 months with WGS, the job is a perfect suit to my Business Analytics degree. Working with real-life data isn’t at all boring as I know I have an impact on that data by working with WGS. I couldn’t have chosen a more fitting placement.
Will check back in with the final post and a summary in 5 months or so!
Thanks for reading,