I am nearing the end of my time here at Pets at Home and I can’t decide whether it has been the longest or shortest 3 months of my life. In one way, the amount of new information I have absorbed makes me feel like I have always worked here, but then the daunting day when I arrived for the first time feels like yesterday, and I can’t believe I’m leaving so soon.
It feels strange to me now that before I came I didn’t know anything about PPC, SEO, how a transactional website is even run, why companies can’t just jump straight into doing social media. I also would have guessed Hitwise to be some dodgy European pop band. I have learnt a lot about myself at the same time.
Firstly, despite never wanting to look at a graph again after my economics degree I have realised that I am really quite analytical and doing a Coremetrics report on a Friday is really the highlight of my week (not very cool to admit I know!). On the other hand I have realised that sometimes I should spend less time talking, and more time listening.
One of the best things about working at Pets at Home is that employees are allowed to bring their pets to work. Every day a new selection of puppies and dogs (and even the odd bearded dragon) come in with their owners and distract me while I work, although I must admit a direct negative correlation between the number of puppies in the office and my productivity.
Overall my time at Pets at Home has been a godsend; without it I might have ended up in the wrong career, or even worse not know the difference between Wainwrights and Chudleys dog food!
Sophie Russell, Manchester Master