Case study: David Clark – Digital Infrastructure Intern
I am currently working within the Digital Infrastructure team, which falls under marketing operations, during my university work placement year. I attend Northumbria University where I study Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence. Prior to starting university, I worked as a Quality Control Analyst at a large pharmaceutical company. However, after three years in the role, I wanted to change career paths and follow something I was passionate about – technology. My program of study allowed me to take a year off as a work placement student, in order to test the knowledge I've learnt from my studies so far, as well as to gain work experience. After applying to numerous positions, I decided on Sage. Being from North East England, I knew the stature of the company and over the hiring process I got to know about the benefits working at Sage brings.
Tell us about your role at Sage.
My role at Sage falls under Marketing Technology and revolves around managing, collecting, and analyzing data from the company website. I work with stakeholders from across the business and the globe to implement new marketing tags, as well as troubleshoot and debug any data flow issues they have. The role allows me to be constantly testing my analytical and problem-solving skills while researching and learning new technologies.
What tips do you have for anyone thinking of applying?
Sage has a very clear and guided recruitment method and it's great that as an applicant you are kept in the loop at every stage. Applying for a position as an intern is great as it gives you the same experience as applying for a regular role/graduate position. From my experience, the early careers team are super helpful and just an email away if you have any questions about the role, the application process, or just need some reassurance! While at university, I never really planned to do a work placement year but thought I would look at opportunities that were available to me. After seeing the position at Sage, I just had to apply!
How do you feel that this internship will benefit you?
The experience this placement has given me is invaluable. The experience of working with real-world data and new technologies has tested my knowledge and given me new ways to learn. In addition to this, collaborating with experts at the top of their field is something that, as a student, you very rarely get the chance to do outside of university. This internship has given me confidence in my technical skills. It can be easy to get comfortable at university but doing this work placement year has tested my skills and allowed me to grow.
What do you enjoy the most about your role at Sage?
There are several things that I enjoy about my role within Sage. I enjoy the responsibility that my team entrusts me with and working with them on different projects throughout the year. I also like watching them expand and develop. I have also enjoyed being able to develop my skills. A big part of my team is learning new technologies and I love that my team members constantly push each other to learn more! Aside from the work aspect, I enjoy the social side too. The occasional meeting to chat about life and what's going on, meeting up for lunch, and especially the discount Starbucks in the Newcastle office!