The night before starting at JDA, I was extremely nervous. Even though, in some senses, I couldn’t have been more prepared. I had my bag packed for days before, my clothes hung up on my wardrobe door and a set of ideas ready in my head to present to Jon, yet I was still so apprehensive.

I arrived at the office and was greeted by Megan, who I had met before on my interview and was extremely warm and welcoming. I started to feel a lot more settled and, as Megan introduced me to the rest of the team, I knew immediately that I was going to fit right in and love it at JDA. The team, or as I perceive them, one big family, could not have been more welcoming and, as I sat down at my desk, my nerves seemed to just disappear.

My first day was wonderful. I sat down with Jon and went through some general admin bits and then the team and I headed to Allerton Manor Golf Course for some lunch in the sun. I felt that after my first day I had built stronger connections with the JDA team than I ever had with any other. As I headed home that evening, I was so excited and inspired, full of new ideas on how I could implement my knowledge into this wonderful business.

After finishing my GCSEs in 2018, I completed one week’s work experience in my Auntie’s accountancy practice, helping with bookkeeping and general admin. However, overhearing the accountants at JDA discussing technical terms such as VAT MOSS, Management Accounts and Xero, I felt a little out of my depth. How could I market something to clients that I didn’t completely understand?

My perspective on this has completely changed over these last two weeks and I believe this is due to working around such talented and helpful people.

Who knows, maybe next year I will be preparing your accounts!

Besides the point, if I, a marketing student can begin to understand general accounting, with the help of the wonderful team at JDA, you can too!

On my third day, Jon and I headed to the LJMU Graduate Futures event in Hope Street Hotel, an event for business owners and their interns to meet, mingle and network. We had a great day, and I was fortunate to meet some lovely and inspiring like-minded business owners.

LJMU have lots of great opportunities regarding Internships and Graduate jobs, something that could perhaps be very beneficial to you and your business. Check them out at https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/careers/graduate-futures

On Wednesday 20 July, Jon, Megan, and I headed to the monthly Entrepreneurs Circle meeting for Liverpool, hosted by Jon in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Old Hall Street. The EC is a great networking group to be a part of as it encourages like-minded business owners to come together, share ideas and help each other to grow. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, drop us an email at su*****@jo******************.uk and Jon can bring you along to the next meeting. Despite the fact I am not a business owner, the meeting was especially beneficial to me as a marketing student as I was able to hear the different strategies of the entrepreneurs and how they are all uniquely brilliant. It was also lovely to see our client Treaty Pie at the meeting, even if they didn’t bring along any of their delicious treats. (Hint Hint we love cake)

 

All in all, my first two weeks at JDA have been wonderful and I cannot wait to continue my journey with Jon and the rest of the team this year.

 

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