Jack shares his tips for learning on the job

The people behind sky posted on 13 Jul

Jack shares his tips for learning on the job

Sky Careers

Name:  Jack Cornwall

Job title: Senior SEO Specialist

What area of Sky do you work in? Digital Analytics & Optimization

What’s your career journey been like up until now?  Lots and lots of learning. I studied Theoretical Physics at University so never had any formal training in digital marketing, optimization or anything to do with websites; I’ve just learned on the job, by making mistakes and trying new stuff. The kindness of colleagues and willingness to share their knowledge both here and in my previous jobs has been essential to where I am now.

What does a typical day working here look like for you? Varies wildly. Some days can be just me, my headphones & a spreadsheet all day long editing Meta data. Some days I can have 10 different meetings across Leeds/ London/ Scotland with different teams and suppliers, negotiating budgets, coming up with creative ideas, starting new and exciting projects or discussing the content of my awesome spreadsheets that I spent days working on.

If you’ve been here over one year, how have you made a difference in your role? Being one of the few focusing on SEO in the company is hard because I have to win a lot of product owners over in a subject that they might not have come across before. I like to think that I've made everyone more SEO conscious and they now consider it when they come up with roadmaps and plans.

What’s been your proudest moment since working here? Probably working on real “live” projects on the news and sports channels. Such as being awake all night during the general election or Super Bowl to offer support on an ad hoc basis as it is needed there and then. I'm looking forward to being at the studios in London for the General Election as the results come out in just a few months’ time.

What’s the most enjoyable thing about your job? The best thing is when you get the opportunity to work with someone who is as passionate about a project as you are. It means not only is it fun and interesting, but you're able to bounce ideas off each other and come up with a really great product or service at the end of it.

Describe your work/life balance? I've never worked in such a flexible environment and have never had a 9-5 job that is actually 9-5! If your position allows it and your manager is understanding (as mine is) you get to leave early, stay late, work from home, whatever you need as long as you get your job done. As a new dad I appreciate this massively so I get loads of time to spend with my lovely daughters. The business also takes care & helps out with loads of other stuff like pensions, life insurance and a million other things so I just don’t have to worry about them.

What advice would you give to others trying to develop their career? Meddle in as many things as you can. Have your fingers in many pies and always have your learning cap on. You never know when you might need a new skill you learned. Just bug people, ask questions all the time and increase your knowledge.

An interesting fact/something no one else knows about you?  I eat lots of food – see photo.