Digital is a rapidly evolving landscape. So, it's hard for students and those trying to break into the industry to keep on top of everything or sometimes even know where to begin. We've always been passionate about developing new talent and helping people uncover their area of interest. That's why every year, we commit to offering work experience and (when possible) taking on interns to give these individuals a feel for agency life and support them into the next step of their career. This year we've welcomed two aspiring students - Amir and Jen - in for a couple of week's work experience, as well as offering finance and economics graduate Mike a summer placement. So, we're thrilled that we're now able to open up an internship to marketing enthusiast Philip Morgan.
After travelling the world to broaden his cultural horizons (including learning a poco español), Philip returned to university in the UK and completed several work experience positions to increase his practical knowledge. With a keen interest in digital marketing, he applied for the internship position, with the hopes of catapulting him into his new marketing career.
Joining our internal marketing team (and so working closely with myself), I was excited to get a sit down with Philip and to find out a little bit more about him.
Tell us more about what you did before joining After Digital.
Like most interns, I recently graduated from university, but as a mature student. After travelling and living abroad for a while, I realised that to start my career in marketing I would have to get the all-important piece of paper to back me up and so I realised that going back to university was essential.
What made you want to join the team?
Before beginning my internship, I had been aware of After Digital (AD) for some time. Thanks to their impressive client work and support for the likes of TEDxGlasgow (which I also have a keen interest in), I knew it was a place I’d love to work, so I always kept a lookout for any vacancies that came up. To be working in a fairly small team, I knew the learning curve would be steep but positively challenging at the same time!
What do you think you are bringing to the team?
To return to university as a mature student was a difficult choice to begin with, however, I knew I wanted to succeed in marketing and this was the best way to kickstart my career. What I bring to the team is this doggedness - an enthusiasm, a willingness to work hard and to help the business continue to succeed.
What do you get up to in your spare time?
I’m a keen cook although, let’s be honest, I usually spoil meals by experimenting too much (come to think about it, that happens slightly too often). I’m also a huge NFL fan - that’s American football to those who aren’t familiar. My phone continually lights up with updates on sporting injuries, new signings and most importantly, my fantasy football team updates.
Do you have a party piece or any hidden talent?
Other than turning an unspoilt kitchen into a pigsty, that's pretty much it I'm afraid.
What is your biggest achievement so far?
My biggest achievement was securing a previous internship I held, which was based abroad (in Barcelona) and in a company that had no previous affiliation with my university. I'm proud that by impressing them whilst there with what I brought to the business (and not accidentally burning the building down or some such) that they now continue to recruit students for internships from my university.
Stranded on a desert island, which three items would you take and why?
- A boat
- Cans of petrol
- GPS device
Boring and practical, I know. But who wants to be stranded on a desert island?! You've all seen Cast Away, right?
Which celeb would play you in a movie?
Tom Hardy, because it's Tom ******* Hardy.
What quote do you live by?
*insert eye roll*
From day one we've exposed Philip to a number of different areas of digital marketing, helping him to hone his skills and expand his knowledge. After starting out in the same role almost two and a half years ago, I am looking forward to working closely with Philip and seeing how he progresses over the coming months of his internship with us.
Watch this space for Philip’s first blog coming to a screen near you very soon.