Hi, my name is Dominic Bentley. I’m 17 years old and I am currently a sixth form student at All Hallows Catholic College in Macclesfield where I study Geography, History, Business & Economics and Spanish.
On 1st July this year I decided to take some time away from my regular school life to gain some work experience and so began work at Axon. It was to be a six week internship and quite frankly I was extremely nervous at first, because I had never had a job before let alone been in a serious working environment – so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.
As my first day came around and my Dad (kindly) dropped me off I came to be stood outside the doors to the Axon office. I was swiftly buzzed through the doors by the wonderful Claire who was very accommodating and moved me through to a waiting area where I anxiously awaited my first meeting with Tim Mears, one of the directors. Whilst waiting my eye was drawn to a newspaper article in front of me which described the success of Axon during 2013 with a turnover of over £1.5 million and a revenue increase of 40% on the previous year’s trading. I was suitably impressed as I started to get a feel for Axon and the magnitude of its operations.
Before I could indulge further, I glanced up to see Tim who led me through the middle of the office to the conference room. Instantly I could see that a lot of work had gone into the business with the funky and modern design of the office allowing it to be both comfortable to work in and practical. (In fact they invested £100,000 in the redevelopment of the office). I sat down to speak with Tim and we quickly got through preliminary matters.
Afterwards, I was walked around the office and got introduced to everybody and it quickly became apparent that everyone was extremely nice and laidback giving the office a very hardworking yet chilled out atmosphere. Although, it did take a couple of days to remember everyone’s names, especially considering there are three Tim’s, two Peters and two Richards!
Next, things began to kick into action and I was given my first job to complete. Over the course of my six week internship I was involved in many different activities including working with the technical team in database auditing, supporting the financial team through analysing sales, overhauling the CRM system into a more capable and accessible tool, assisting with the marketing through research and blogging, and I even worked with engineers to build computers.
Needless to say, I believe from the work I was allowed to be a part of I have gained not only some real knowledge and understanding of the IT sector but the notion that a hardworking and reliable work ethos really can help a business succeed – an idea that I will take into later life. I have seen several of the employees here at Axon miss multiple lunches because they are engrossed in their work, I on the other hand was introduced to Alan Partridge by the office which meant lunchtimes in the break out area were a must as he became a frequent highlight of my day!
All in all, I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Axon and really do feel at home and if given the opportunity would love to come back.