Ceyda Dag offers her insight into life as a Junior Account Executive at Copper.
When you need experience to get experience, how can anyone possibly have enough experience for a first job as a graduate? I started Copper after submitting my Master’s thesis, and in the short time that I have been at Copper, I have learned far more than through any degree I have done.
Getting that all-important experience
Making photocopies or coffee runs were certainly not on my to-do list. I was assigned to four different projects in my first week – getting stuck in from the start was definitely the best way to learn on the job. Here at Copper we work together as a team, sharing knowledge across projects. Gaining this practical experience has been the best way to begin my career in consultancy.
Finding my passion
What do you want to be when you grow up? This was a question I was certain I knew the answer to when I was younger. However, throughout the years I discovered new interests and possibilities, which is why I strayed away from International Corporate Law and found my way to Copper. Finding a job that allows you to follow your passion – making a difference to local communities by working on projects that make an impact – has been extremely rewarding.
Environment is key
Working in a friendly environment with like-minded and passionate people allows me to wake up every morning and look forward to heading to the office – yes, even on Mondays! I don’t know what the future holds for me but I certainly look forward to developing my skills working on nationally significant projects with Copper.
Eden Musyoki offers an insight into each of his first four weeks as an Account Executive at Copper Consultancy.
In the short time I have been here, I have been exposed to all facets of day-to-day business life at Copper.
Week 1: Business development
In my first week I led the research element of an important new business tender document that Copper was going for. This involved designing and commissioning a perception audit of a high profile company in order to strengthen our written proposal and pitch.
Week 2: Drafting materials
In my second week I drafted a set of materials for a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP). These materials were designed to help communicate the need and potential benefits of the project in an accessible way to the local affected community.
Week 3: Client meetings
In my third week I attended a preliminary client meeting with a FTSE 250 housebuilding and urban regeneration company. Our client has a development project in a local area, and is using Copper’s expertise in stakeholder relations and community engagement.
Week 4: Business events
In my fourth week I helped manage a business event on behalf of a client seeking to build advocacy for a road improvement scheme in the South East. This event involved me facilitating discussions with local business owners to understand their concerns and views in regard to the scheme.
It’s been a real diverse range of work so far and I can’t wait to see what else I’ll be doing over the coming weeks.