We recently welcomed Oliver Dickinson, our new social media apprentice, into the Cuckoo nest.
Oliver joined the agency last month after seriously impressing client services director, Sophia, and our social media executive, Tom, at The Juice Academy.
The prestigious Juice Academy offers an industry-led apprenticeship programme which brings together budding social media marketing stars, providing training and the chance to engage with agencies and potential employers directly through bootcamp days.
It’s safe to say Oliver made quite the impression on us, so we thought we’d give you the chance to get to know him a little better!
How Did He Get Here?
“I was coming to the end of my A levels and I wasn’t enjoying being in the kind of environment where it would be heavily focused on independent study.” says Oliver. “I wanted to do something more interactive. I decided not to apply for university and apply for an apprenticeship instead so I could learn on the job which has motivated me far more than I ever was at college.”
Oliver applied to join The Juice Academy and was invited to attend a bootcamp day. The rest is history.
He explains: “I found myself heavily drawn to the digital marketing sector as I had identified it as a rapidly growing sector and something I wanted to get involved in. Finally, after a bit more digging I discovered The Juice Academy which came highly recommended and focused on all things social media.
“Throughout the day I interacted with Tom and Sophia and at the end of the day they chose me as their new social media apprentice.”
Oliver was offered the position on the spot and was getting stuck in to agency life by the following Monday.
“I think the thing that impressed me most about Oliver was his willingness to learn about social media and digital marketing,” says Tom. “As well as showing off both independent and teamwork skills throughout the day.”
Ollie is now celebrating almost 2 months with our award-wining agency.
This is what he had to say about his expertise, his time at Cuckoo so far and his plans for the future during a quick fire Q&A session.
What has been the best part of working at Cuckoo so far?
How welcoming everyone has been. From the first day everyone was always coming over and speaking to me, getting me right into the team. There have been no bad parts at all!
What makes you a good fit for the team?
I have quite a good rapport with people. I get along with everyone. I also think, because I’m quite young, I can bring some fresh things to the table. As I’m doing an apprenticeship I’m still learning so I can keep bringing new ideas.
Where does your expertise lie?
It’s got to be social media of course, because that’s what I’m doing! But all things marketing. I’m alright at design too and have good organisational skills.
Any standout moments over the last month?
The first day I got a massage! They had a masseur in. And the second week we went out for dinner to celebrate hitting an agency milestone. It was nice to be included in that because I wasn’t here last year.
Do you have a favourite piece of work to date?
Its something I’m currently working on. Our marketing manager Jennifer asked me to do an in-depth presentation containing competitor research on various social media platforms.
Describe yourself in three words?
Logical, diligent and motivated.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
I’d like to still be in the digital marketing sector. I don’t want to wander off or anything. I want to have a good track record and portfolio showing how I’ve helped improve businesses. I don’t know where I’ll be in 10 years time but I’d like to be at Cuckoo for the foreseeable future.
Fun fact: Oliver is fascinated by space exploration
We’re always on the lookout for talented individuals to join our fabulous team so keep an eye on our social media pages for opportunities!