The Apprentice: why I chose a career in AV4 December 2017
19 year old Roche digital marketing apprentice Connor Bottomley tells AVTE why he chose a career in AV and what we loves most about his job
Connor Bottomley is a 19 year old digital marketing apprentice with Roche audio visual, who are based in Elland, West Yorkshire. He talks to AVTE about his reasons for choosing to pursue a career in AV and his experiences so far.
Hi Connor. What made you choose a career in the AV industry?
Well I had little knowledge of the industry prior to getting the job. I have been interested in marketing since school and was put in contact with Roche through the apprentice scheme.
Upon getting the role, what were your first impressions of the AV world?
It was much bigger than I thought it would be. I didn’t realise a lot of the tech I used in school had been supplied by the company I now work for.
What have you learnt during your time working with Roche?
I have picked up a lot of knowledge about the products we sell and who we deal with. Working in marketing I am responsible for sending out e-shots and dealing with our large customer database, as well as updating the website with all our latest deals.
Are there any products you have really liked working with?
I had some training on the Avocor v series touchscreens and they were really fun to use and definitely better than the old whiteboards I had to use in school.
What support have you received from Roche? They have given me plenty of training on products and also encourage me to use my initiative when I am working. The office is always really busy so even though it is intense it has helped me pick up new skills quickly.
What would you say to someone considering an apprenticeship within the industry?
Go for it! It’s a great environment to work in and you get to work with some really cool products.
And finally what are your ambitions for the future?
I am focused on completing my apprenticeship whilst picking up as many skills as possible in the office. I have already learnt a lot and enjoy the work I do. There are a lot of experienced people at Roche who started in a similar position to me, so it is a really great place for me to learn and hopefully one day I will be passing all my knowledge onto an apprentice too.
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