Ryan Sampson – Account Executive at Amobee

We spoke to Ryan, who graduated from the University of Surrey with a degree in Business Management. He now works as at Amobee, a digital advertising and ad-tech company as an Account Executive.

Why did you sign up to Inspiring Interns?

I was encouraged by the many excellent Google reviews

How did you find the process? Tell us about your experience with us

The process was very thorough. I received many job offers that were relevant to me and the video interview was a very nice touch; it made me more confident that I would find the right role for me as employers would have a better idea of who I am

What was your job hunting experience like before you came to Inspiring?

My previous job hunting experience was very difficult, mostly because I did not go through any recruitment agency at all. Obviously, it’s more difficult on your own

How long did it take you to find a job with Inspiring and how many interviews did you have to go for first?

I was very fortunate in my job hun with Inspiring, I got the job I wanted in just over a week and only did 4 interviews!

How did you remain resilient when job hunting?

My job hunt with Inspiring was very successful and I got the role I wanted very quickly. In the past, when I was hunting for a summer internship, I received upwards of 30 rejections (the rest didn’t reply). It’s important to remember that there’s a lot of competition and that companies may not be able to read every application, so don’t feel that you are the one to blame. Focus on sending timely applications (not a month after the position was posted) and someone will get back to you eventually.

How did you decide this was the company for you? 

The main reason I chose Amobee is because of its size (15 offices worldwide). Larger companies have more capacity to train, which is the most important thing for a graduate.

What was the interview process like and how did you prepare for it?

I followed Inspiring’s advice: read their website, have a few questions prepared, remember the job description and the role they’re hiring for, and look up your interviewer on LinkedIn (optional)

What is the best bit about working for them?

The most important thing is that I’ve been learning so much. If I wasn’t learning anything, I wouldn’t be working for them. The next best bit is that I was paired with a manager who matches my working style: to-the-point, tough on mistakes, and gives credit where it is due

What is your job title?

Account Executive

What type of things do you do on a day to day basis?

Client presentations, learning about the tech services we provide and reporting (MSExcel)

What skills do you use on a daily basis?

Presentation, communication, analytical

What new skills have you learnt?

I’ve mostly learned how to present to clients confidently. Tone of voice and language are very important in client-facing roles

How did you decide this was the role for you? (It’s ok if you didn’t!)

I decided it was for me after my 6th month. There was a particularly busy period and my team relied on me to do my part. I did it well and I’ve felt like part of my team ever since, rather than feeling like “the new guy”

What is the best part of the role?

The best part is definitely the people. Amobee London hires people with real character, so every day there’s something fun going on

Did you know this was what you wanted to do when you left University? 

Not at all! Like most graduates, I had no idea what to do, so I chose an industry that I was good at or something I got good grades in. I think it is rare to find a graduate who knows exactly what they are looking for

Starting a new role after university, it isn’t easy. How have you coped with the bad days?

It was difficult to start getting up early again and relearning how to be disciplined, but it’s not as hard as many people say (unless your commute is very long)

What was the most difficult thing about starting working?

For me, the most difficult thing was changing my mindset. As a student, I never felt fully accountable for my mistakes because “I tried my best” or “I could always do it again tomorrow”

What tips would you give new grads about job hunting?

Be resilient and don’t be afraid to enter an industry you had not considered before. There’s no need to choose and stick to one path yet

What tips would you give new grads about interviews?

Read the company’s website, have a few questions prepared, remember the job description and the role they’re hiring for, and look up your interviewer on LinkedIn (optional)

What tips would you give new grads about starting work?

I like to remind myself that everyone’s been in my position before. It keeps me calm and removes the embarrassment that comes with asking too many questions

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