By Joanna Lyon, Work Experience at TES, the radio systems business.
I recently embarked on a month’s work experience as a Sales Executive at TES Communication Solutions, the Leyland-based radio systems integrator.
I had been studying Business at Runshaw College for the past 2 years and really relished the opportunity to learn the complexities of how businesses work. Whilst studying, I also worked part-time as a waitress at a popular, local pub on evenings and weekends. I liked working as a waitress as I was able to interact with the customers and I grew to know and build professional relationships with the regular punters – this made work feel a lot less like ‘work’. Over the long 9 week summer holiday period of 2016 I decided that the time off was a great opportunity to earn some extra money – so I got a temporary job as a receptionist at Cumfybus; the hours there were much more sociable – although I was still working as a waitress in the evenings.
Working as a receptionist hadn’t allowed me to interact with people face-to-face and there were very few real challenges that I was faced with. As a result of this combination I came to the conclusion that my most suited job role would involve interacting with people, something that gave me a challenge and enabled my confident, outgoing personality to thrive – for which I believe Sales to be the perfect fit.
Upon leaving college, I was pretty adamant I didn’t want to go to University – mainly due to the fact that I didn’t want to incur upwards of £40,000 worth of debt if it wasn’t 100% necessary. Therefore, I started looking at alternatives – one of them being apprenticeships. Apprenticeships have improved massively over recent years and are now way more advanced than ever before; some apprenticeships even enable you to gain a degree equivalent qualification whilst working and earning at the same time!
So far, I have enjoyed 3 weeks work experience at TES – from what I have seen it is a great company and everyone has welcomed me with open arms. There is a relaxed atmosphere but deadlines are always met and maximum effort is put into everything they do. They have allowed me to shadow on numerous meetings in order for me to learn first hand how they are to be conducted appropriately and effectively. It’s been great to have the opportunity to work with experienced sales people and learn different approaches and techniques in order to succeed.
The Radio industry – as a whole – is very complex. I find it very interesting and I’m learning about the many benefits that it can deliver businesses in terms of health and safety, as well as the obvious communication benefits. Prior to working for TES I had no idea how advanced radios and radio systems have become; I was also unaware of the features radios now offer and how vital they can be in emergency situations, as well as the everyday running of many large businesses.
In terms of progression, my immediate aspiration is to learn to be the best sales person I can be and I’m sure that my experience at TES will help me immensely.