Atif shares his insider thoughts about working at Sky over the course of his fulfilling work experience
"What I’ve taken from my work experience? Sky doesn’t just create great content, they create great people."
What I’ve taken from my work experience? Sky doesn’t just create great content, they create great people.
On my first day, I was somewhat disappointed for a moment thinking Internal Comms as the most boring part of communications. How very wrong I was. Little did I know the massive levels of thought, creativity and content that goes into engaging the 25,000 Sky employees out there.
As soon as I got into the department, I was introduced to different members who were keen to tell me all about their work. My calendar for the week was near full with introductions to different employees, shadowing, meetings, inductions and other activities.
Soon into my week, I was tasked with actual work the department needed doing and was later told that I had actually helped them out. It was a mile away from the nightmare work experiences of bringing tea and coffee, sitting watching people on their computer. No, I was trusted with a laptop, my own Sky email address and actual work for the Internal Communications team.
Throughout the week, I was given articles to write, one of which was edited and published (albeit quite heavily edited) on the company intranet! I was liaising with an external company and internal employees using Outlook for the first time and having 30 minute meetings with various employees who explained their roles and gave me tips.
There are no set offices or desks and no personal items at any desk. It’s mostly open plan with various seating arrangements in numerous areas and it worked well. It made sense after a while why the culture at Sky was so laid back and uniform - everyone was equal and an integral part of the company - the hot-desks and open plan offices reiterated that.
People have meetings in the cafe, on sofas and in booths for private meetings or phone calls. It was like a watered down version of Google’s wacky campus where they have sleep pods and table tennis tables. It all contributes to a creative, laid back and casual environment where everyone feels part of the ‘bigger picture’.
On that note, it’s actually the name for Sky’s social responsibility and sustainability department. With eco friendly buildings and health awareness around the campus they take their responsibility seriously. They invite school children everyday to experience creating a news report and give loads of opportunities like the one I had in their goal to support 1 million youngsters by 2020. It was ever so distant from the strict, corporate and business-like image of the media industry people have. And it was a pleasant eye-opener.
My mentor was always on hand to help with any tasks, eager to escort me to any meetings. But I assured her she didn’t have to look after my every action but was so appreciative of the care and attention nonetheless.
Over the course of the week, I met head of departments, journalists, apprentices, employees and was given a hefty load of encouragement and inspiration.
The overarching message for me is: ‘Opportunities are out there and there’s so much you can do, so go for it!’