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Meet Ryan - Advice to aspiring students

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My name is Ryan and I’m the Project Manager for the 5G Technical Trials team. 5G Technical Trials is the collective name for a number of projects that aim to discover new, innovative ways for 5G to add value to a number of UK Industries. My role is to be the point of contact for all consortium members, effectively bridging the gap between external consortium members and O2 staff.

What advice would you offer to students on finding the right employer?

Try as best as you can to understand the core values of a company and then see if you can speak to people who work there and see to what degree the company actually lives by them.
Make sure these values align with your own and do not compromise on what is important to you for the sake of job title or paycheque.
Also, try to ensure the company encourages a healthy work-life balance as burn out is real and will damage both yours and the company’s reputation in the long run.
Seeing if the company is right for you is just as important as seeing if you’re a right fit for them.

What advice would you offer a student on finding the right sector?

Be honest with yourself and only apply for sectors that you have some degree of personal interest in.
You’ll be spending a lot of time at work and if you’re not at least a tiny bit interested in what you’re doing, the job will become draining very quickly.

What do you enjoy most about working for O2 within your role?

Working on developing new use cases for 5G means that I’m actively involved in discussions about how the UK can make the most of this new cutting-edge technology.
Every project is different and they’ve never been done before, so no two days are the same and there’s a lot of room for creativity.

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