Mentoring Matters: Meet Francesca

Posted by Beth Pickard on

This summer Francesca joined us for a 3 week work experience placement. Having just finished her A-levels she wanted to get some experience of a workplace before heading to uni in September. We were very pleased to have her and she got a chance to experience all areas of the business. As her time with us comes to an end we wanted to hear her thoughts:

How have you found your time at Talking Tables?

I’ve surprised myself by how much I have loved the experience! I didn’t know what to expect and where I would fit in at the company. But 3 weeks later and I feel very sad to be leaving. It’s been an experience where I have learnt so much, not just about the company but about myself. My internship at Talking Tables will be one I won’t forget!

What have you found to be the most interesting areas of the business?

Coming to TT I had no idea what area of the business I would be interested in, but luckily they gave me an opportunity to move between all the different departments to get a feel of what could potentially interest me. I surprised myself with what I enjoyed; I learnt that accounts aren’t just about doing maths and that IT isn’t all about coding. For me, the most interesting area of the business was the web team, merchandising and designing the website. I also loved the photoshoots, whether it was dressing up in a Christmas jumper on a hot summer day or styling a Halloween table with TT products!

Any standout memories to take away?

How genuinely kind and welcoming everyone has been at TT. Stepping into the office on my first day and being introduced to the team was initially a daunting experience. Everyone’s names went through one ear and out the other. But by the end of week 2, the names began to stick! The balance between work and social activities was something I didn’t expect from working in an office. Tie dye and the Euro celebration were great opportunities to get to know people outside of a work environment and have a good laugh and chat.

What have you got planned now your time with us is coming to an end?

My A-level summer awaits! In September I’m off to The University of Nottingham to study Geography with Business. I’m not quite sure where my degree will take me but being at TT has given me an insight into the many opportunities that are out there.

Good luck Francesca! 

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