Account Manager, The Environment Exchange
My Degree Subject: Philosophy and Economics, 2013
My current job
I am an account manager at a trading firm, the Environment Exchange. We are an open market place for the purchase and sale of packaging recycling notes (PRNs). My duties include acting as a trading assistant, acquiring new clients and managing existing accounts, developing marketing strategies, producing reports, and designing new web developments.
My career history
I started by teaching English to a family in Italy. I then moved on to becoming a sales representative for leading charities. Moving to hospitality, I got involved in several stage productions for acting and dance. My path then led me to care work, and I was a supporter for women with Autism. Deciding to move to a more administrative role, I ended up as a Case Handler in a leading law firm, where I was involved in debt recovery for both asset and consumer finance. I also undertook a Pitman training course to develop my skills as a personal assistant. I was then offered my current position as account manager. I still continue to work in film, theatre and dance, and am currently branching into music as well.
Using my degree skills and/or knowledge
My degree taught me a lot about the kind of employee I’d like to be. It developed my sense of questioning common practices and gave me a flexibility which allowed me to work in various industries.
My useful experience
I was heavily involved in the arts at university, and this helped me maintain my creativity outside of the workplace. It also helped me to search for creative projects within the workplace.
My Career Decisions
I have always made decisions which helped me develop new skills. My career choices have also been made with the hope that I am making a positive impact on the world in some small way.
Advice to students interested in my work-area
My area of work requires outside the box thinking and a willingness to learn new skills and to be unafraid of tackling large problems.
Advice on career decisions
I would urge students to find the creativity within themselves and learn new techniques to make it marketable.