Name: Marc Douglas
University attended: University of Sheffield
Degree: French & Economics
Position: Business Analyst
How long have you worked at Lightworks for? I’ve worked here for 6 months.
Why did you want to work at Lightworks? I wanted to find an internship in a friendly Sheffield company, and it was great to feel very welcome even at the interview. It also seemed like an innovative company - as a 25-year old software company has to be - with an emphasis on professional development. I was very happy to be offered a full contract and at the end of my internship.
What do you think are the benefits of working in a small business? What stands out for me is the sheer variety of tasks you can be involved in from the start. Additionally, in being part of a smaller company you gain valuable insight into the bigger picture, learning quickly how your own work relates to your colleagues, and to the company as a whole. You are visible to everyone and it’s great to know everyone’s name when you run into people around the building.
What do you think you have added to the business? From day one, I was given responsibility along with another colleague for the development of a company-wide system for managing and promoting communications with our customers. As a recent graduate, I was able to look at the task from a different perspective.
What was the biggest surprise? I was surprised and happy to take on responsibilities right from the start – and it really helped me jump straight in and feel like a useful part of the Lightworks business.
What is the most exciting thing you have done since working at Lightworks? I can think of a few – Giving a live demonstration in front of colleagues of the new customer management system I helped redesign stands out. Overall though, I am most excited about some of the charity fundraising events I will be taking part in as part of the Lightworks team – We will be running the Sheffield half marathon, doing something called a “wild warrior” race, and doing the Ben Nevis Challenge later on in the year – which involves going up and down Ben Nevis, cycling 20 miles, and then canoeing up and down a loch – all for local charities.
Based on your RISE experience, are you optimistic about your future career prospects? Getting a RISE internship straight out of university was a massive confidence boost and I am definitely optimistic about my career prospects.