by GK Strategy 27th November, 2018
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Working at GK Strategy

I started at GK Strategy just under 6 months ago, fresh out of university into an exciting role as a business development executive at this fast-growing, independent agency. Having studied English Literature and French at Queen Mary, I was particularly excited by the opportunity to research and write content on my favourite topic – politics. 6 months later I’ve written everything from a blog about the UK’s cycling infrastructure to my own 20-page report on innovative accommodation providers….. coming soon, so watch this space!

Of course, there is much more to my role than just content creation – I research upcoming policy changes and who they may affect, reach out to and arrange meetings with senior team members with some of the biggest investors in Britain, run GK’s social media and get involved with just about any project I can! To say the role is wide-ranging is an understatement – today alone, my tasks have ranged from popping balloons post rebranding celebrations, to contacting companies who will be affected by Brexit, to writing this very blog. The diversity of my day means I also get to work with team members from all parts of the business and of all seniorities, which is something I relish. I don’t think at many companies in the industry the CEO would know you by name before the end of your first week, but GK has a special culture, and I believe the company’s focus on its people is one of its greatest attributes.

I had interned at a range of businesses and at a local authority previously in marketing and promotions roles but starting at GK was my first ‘real’ job. It has so far given me an abundance of opportunities to learn and develop; I am always encouraged to share my ideas and new ways of working around business challenges and opportunities, and I feel what I say is always valued, which again reflects on GK’s people-centred nature. The business focuses on recruiting the best team possible, and even during my short time here (so far), it has been exciting to see my team expanding to welcome Alex, our wonderful marketing manager who has led on the recent rebrand. As well as always being another friendly face in the office, as well as really caring about my development and encouraging me to develop a wide range of skills.

I have quickly learned that at GK, if you work hard, are proactive, and have a genuine desire to grow, then there are many opportunities for your own self-development and career progression. From regular catch-ups with my line manager which focus on where I want the role to take me, to at least weekly in-house training sessions on a plethora of subjects, the chances to learn something are endless. One thing I love at GK as well is that anyone can learn from anyone – I recently held a training session attended by senior directors which I was told was a success. Going home each day feeling happy and your achievements recognised is normal at GK – I feel very lucky to work in such a positive environment.

To sum it all up, through working hard and having supportive colleagues, I have already had many opportunities to grow in my professional and personal journey, and it’s only been 6 months! I very feel excited about the future of GK, and for my own future as well.

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