Megan and Eline reflect on their roles at MCFT
Students Meg and Eline come from North Eastern University in Boston and Breda University of Applied Science in the Netherlands respectively. Here's what they are up to at MCFT ...
My Experience at MCFT
Megan Foley, Business Intern (Sales)
To say it has been a journey would be an understatement. There have been so many laughs, opportunities, and memories made here. I have honestly never been challenged more, giving more responsibility, or felt so immersed at any company (and I’ve worked at 3 already!)
Where and what are you studying?
I study International Business with Concentrations in Marketing and Management, at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.
Why did you choose MCFT?
I chose MCFT for a variety of reason. 1) Location in Europe; 2) Lots of younger people; 3) Opportunity to learn sales. All three of those criteria were important to me, allowing me to be close to London and easily access central Europe. I also am encouraged by the number of people that are so young that MCFT had to be doing something right. I also have previously worked in Digital Marketing, which was interesting, but Sales has given me a much more comprehensive look at how businesses work.
What are you doing at MCFT?
Sales. Primarily providing support for the BDMs and Renewals team to create quotations, nurture accounts, and keep customers coming back. I spend about 75% or my time on renewals, and any new business coming in takes about 15%. I spend the other 10% on a various activities, like social planning, research, or fundraising.
How would you describe your experience from a work/learning point of view?
I would say it has been an evolution. As an employee, I’ve never been timid, but I don’t think I have been challenged as much as I have now. I have mastered thinking quickly, double-tasking, and become extremely integrated in the sales team and company.
What about the location/social life/places of interest?
Maidenhead itself is a great starting point, as it is close to London, Heathrow airport, and so many great towns nearby. I have explored many universities and touristy sites during my time here so far, including Oxford & Cambridge University, Windsor Castle, and London. I have many more planned in fact and will be seeing much more of this country and Europe before I finish in June.
Is there anything you know now that would have been really useful before you started?
I think it would’ve been nice to know that I wouldn’t need massive rain boots. I assumed with all of the talk about gloomy, rainy weather I would need them much more. In comparison to Boston, the weather is honestly mild.
Favourite experience so far?
I really enjoyed the London Winter Walk. We raised £1,035.86 for Alzheimer’s research and walked 20K through London. It was my first time there, and I loved exploring it by foot.
Worst experience so far?
I think it was saying goodbye to Maarten, the Sales & Marketing intern whose placement overlapped with mine for a month.
What should students look for in a placement?
There must be a fit for you and the company. When you look at any job, it’s important that you will be happy and learn something. I think it’s important to look outside of your comfort zone, and remember that any interview is just as much of a test on you as it is on the company. When a placement is mutually beneficial for the company and you, you’ve found the right one. My last bit of advice would be to enjoy it, make the most of it. The worst that can happen is you get great work experience for your resume (CV). The best that can happen is that it could turn into a job offer after you graduate.
What would you say to any student considering an internship at MCFT?
If you are looking for a position at MCFT, be yourself. We look for genuine, hardworking people who aspire to be the best they can be. The culture encourages success, failures along the way, and teamwork.