In August 2016, I began an 11-month placement at Sky, encompassing the third year of my Business Management degree at the University of Bath.
Joining the Corporate Affairs department, I was placed specifically within the Internal Communications team, and across the year worked on a number of different projects. From re-launching Sky Sports, to promoting the new season of Game of Thrones, and even creating an employee app, I was able to get stuck in with a whole host of things. I’d have to say the highlight of my time was meeting Thierry Henry, because I’m a massive football fan, whereas the lowlight of my time was also meeting Thierry Henry, because I’m a massive Spurs fan.
It’s safe to say this wasn’t your everyday job, but then again this isn’t your everyday company, and nothing reminds you of that more than the place itself. I’d already seen a glimpse of the incredible campus during my Assessment Centre 6 months previous, but the sheer magnitude of the place didn’t hit me until my first proper day. To be on a site with its own 200 seat cinema, state of the art gym, multiple restaurants, live TV studios and even a Waitrose, is a perk to say the least.
At the end of the placement I headed back to Bath for my final year of University, but 12 months later, I’d find myself back at Sky once again. I’d decided that the aspects of my placement I most enjoyed were marketing related, so when I saw an appropriate entry level position pop up on the jobs@sky website, I had to apply. After a couple of interviews, I was offered the role of Marketing Executive for Premium Content, i.e. Sky Sports and Sky Cinema. I’m only a few weeks in, but already I’m fully immersed in our Start of Season campaign, promoting the massive amount of football we’ve got on Sky Sports this year. It’s a bit of a dream to be working on something I love, but one I’m keen not to take for granted.
In terms of advice for people wanting to join Sky, firstly I’d say do your research on the company. That means know what Sky are doing in the market right now, what their competitors are up to and have some ideas about where the company could go next. But most importantly, be enthusiastic about it. Sky’s full of people who love what they do, and if you can show a level of passion for what you’d be working on, then you’re already one step of the way there.
By Elliott Martin