Meet the Team — Sophie Greatbanks

5 Reasons Why Working For a Start-Up Surpassed My Expectations — My Time at Launch22

Finishing my Events Management and Digital Photography degree in June of this year, I was left with “what next?” All I knew was that my next career move had to be a valuable experience. I was going for interviews with law and dental companies — very much corporate business, until I came across an advertisement for an Events Coordinator within a start-up company: Launch22. Here’s my 5 reasons why working for Launch22 has been the perfect bridge between University and the working world.

1. You’re helping put ideas and visuals into action — embrace it and get stuck in!

Joining Launch22’s Liverpool office from its beginning meant that I was involved, not only in spreading the word about the space, but also getting the space ready. This meant working out of hours — on weekends and bank holidays, putting together countless chairs, lime waxing desks and planting a “living wall” — I could add gardener to my CV without a doubt. All the time and effort given by all the Launch22 team has been worth it to be able to see how the space looked from inception to its present. The sense of accomplishment felt now was worth the extra time and effort.

2. You will meet valuable people

Working within such a small team means that you will be introduced to and get to know about 80% of the people that come through the door — people get to recognise your face. This obviously generates multiple contacts of interesting people from all walks of life that may be able to help you, if not directly, they could potentially help build your network in the future.

3. You will get more freedom than any other entry level job

While at Launch22, I have been given a practical, “hands on”, job description. I have filled Launch22 Liverpool’s empty event calendar and helped to plan and implement the office’s biggest event so far — it’s launch party! Far from the admin role I would have had within any other events job.

4. You are 100% accountable

With freedom comes responsibility. Having such a small team means each individual is responsible for their own specific area of business. You’re policing your own time, making sure you are getting things done and showing results — there is no hiding.

5. You will learn to adapt

The other aspect of working within a small team within a start-up is that you will learn and take on other roles and responsibilities as and when needed. Helping out and multitasking your own work with that of someone else’s whose work has piled has been vital at Launch22. This works two ways — you learn when to admit you’ve taken on too much and need help. People (both internally and externally) are more than happy to help out; they want your projects and the company as a whole to be a success.

Now for the cheesy bit…

Working for Launch22 Liverpool has been an amazing (and valuable!) experience. During my time here, I was unaware of how much I was actually accomplishing — my personal growth, as well as professional, has positively benefited. The Launch22 team, mentors and members have been incredible and instrumental in my growth — thank you! (I’ll be back in the office regularly to annoy you).

See you soon!

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