28 July 2022 | Annabel Hudson
At that point, I was about to enter my third year of university, and I knew getting experience in the field I was studying in, and passionate about, was incredibly important to my self-development and the trajectory of my future career. However, sitting here now as a university graduate, I can say I never expected that getting such experience would be so rewarding, and if I’m honest, enjoyable. Although my work hasn’t involved building and programming top-of-the-range mobile apps and websites like many of my colleagues, I am very proud to have contributed in some form-or-another to Pogo, especially during times of such great growth for the company. If I haven’t yet made it obvious enough, I loved my time at Pogo Studio, so, let’s take a look at a couple of key reasons why…
“Work should revolve around your life; you shouldn’t revolve your life around work”
Although this is a bold statement, and of course work should be a top priority, Pogo really allowed me to fulfil various elements of my life around my role. Being a university student in my final years, some academic weeks were busier and more stressful than others. Evidently, this meant some weeks I could do more hours at Pogo than other weeks. I was never made to feel as though this was an issue and if anything, my colleagues actually encouraged me to be flexible with my working hours and academic work– after all, I was bringing all the skills I learned at university to the office, so I guess it was a win-win for both parties 😉. Having that immense level of support from Jack, Zoë & Elaine in particular, really allowed me to build my skills both academically and at work. This really was an invaluable experience I believe not many part time, university jobs could offer, and for that, I cannot thank them all enough.
“Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other”
Upon joining Pogo Studio, I didn’t have nearly the level of experience as I now do. However, from day one, my ideas and opinions were not only listened to, but also taken on board. I will be the first to admit that I probably had a few questionable ideas throughout my time at Pogo, but I also had a few good ones (I think anyway, maybe my manager should confirm this). When bad ideas did arise, I was never made to feel silly, and when good ideas were suggested, I was always praised and supported. I think the key message here is that I have always felt comfortable at Pogo and I believe this stems from the trust I have for my colleagues, and the trust they have for me. I can confidently say I am leaving Pogo with a considerable amount more self-confidence and belief, than when I started, thanks to the wonderful team around me.
After a fantastic few years at Pogo, leaving is very bittersweet. I am filled with a huge amount of pride and happiness knowing I have been able to contribute to various Pogo achievements, but I am incredibly sad to leave behind such a supportive, innovative, and exciting team. I know I will take everything I have learned at Pogo with me through my (hopefully successful) future career, and I will always be the first person there to cheer Pogo Studio on from the side line. A lot is yet to come for this great company, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds!
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