MEET OLIVIA - BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE AT PARCELLY.
Here at Parcelly, teamwork makes the dream work. Our valued members of the team are the pillars of the company and their hard work deserves recognition. Parcelly is indeed a London based tech-startup, and similarly to London, it reunites people from different social and cultural backgrounds, yet with one goal in mind.
To discuss their past experiences and their future goals, we have interviewed some of Parcelly’s great people and we hope you enjoy reading, as much as we loved creating it.
The second feature is on Olivia, one of our Business Development Associates in Parcelly’s Sales team. She enjoys a year-long Industrial Placement as part of her Business & Management degree at the University of York.
How is Parcelly different from your previous work experiences?
"Before Parcelly, I had not had an official 9-6 job, however, I had multiple work experiences with different companies back in my hometown of Manchester. I have had some customer-facing experience too as I worked at a filled pita restaurant while I was studying at my University. My corporate work experiences were very interesting as I got to help in some projects and even lead my own, however, I did not see all the different aspects of the businesses and had no idea how they were set up initially, which I find very interesting! Parcelly has given me a deep insight into the entirety of how a business operates. I believe that if I had gone into a bigger corporation, I would not have been able to work with all the different departments that I have been able to with my placement here. Such as working in the Sales Department, but also looking into the Legal side of Parcelly and also learning about customer service and human resources. I think this is one reason as to why people choose to work for startups rather than multinationals as they don’t just want to be a cog in a machine and they want to make a visible difference. In Parcelly I am aware of the impact my job has on the team and the business and it makes me go that extra mile. I have a great sense of responsibility working at Parcelly and I love it! This also creates a camaraderie, which can be lacking in multinationals. I am happy that I have created bonds with the people I work with and being surrounded by young people really helped to make me feel at ease. This placement taught me that it is important where you settle and you have to make sure that the values of the company align with yours."
What attracted you to work at Parcelly?
"Last year, when I was applying for placements, I really disliked the recruitment process of certain companies. I perform really well when I have personal contact with recruiters, rather than completing impersonal tests online. It was very clear that it was only a filtering system. I felt valued with the recruitment process here at Parcelly. I had a phone interview with David which was formal at first but then it became an enjoyable conversation. I really appreciated that the first round of the recruitment was not a test, but an interview with one of the managers and not just with an intern. I remember we had a really nice conversation and it was not a grilling. It helped me understand the ethos of Parcelly the people that work within it."
Career-wise, who do you look up to?
"Obviously, I look up to my parents, especially my mother. She is a lovely lady and a force to be reckoned with in the business world. I am inspired by her story of moving away from home to go to University and working her way up the steep ladder of success. Constantly proving herself in the arguably cutthroat world of Sales, smashing expectations, one could say glass ceilings, at every turn. I remember watching her work tirelessly until she was satisfied with what she had produced. I believe it is a good trait to be your own worst critic fueling you to be the best that you can be, and I hope that I develop that trait as much as she has. Plus, I look up to all the teachers and girls from my secondary school. Manchester was one of the epicentres of the suffragettes’ movement and the daughter of the movement’s leader went to my school. I believe that my school always empowered the girls to excel at everything and encouraged a competitive relationship based on grades and your own ability. We were taught that we could do anything!"
THANK YOU Olivia for being such a great colleague and contributing towards Parcelly’s vision!
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