Zoe Prentice 6 Month Reflection       

Zoe Prentice, our Business Graduate Reflects

Time has certainly flown by recently and Zoe Prentice, our Business Graduate has already completed 6-months of her placement.  Zoe has been a wonderful addition to our team.  She has thrown herself into the role and been involved in some exciting projects and support activities across the business.

To mark the half-way point, we spent a little time with Zoe to hear first-hand what she feels has been her best achievements within the Solab and Onboard Tracker™ teams, as well as what the next six months look like.

Tell us what brought you to Solab?

I was fresh out of university and keen to get stuck into a role where I could take my skills and knowledge from university and apply them in a real working environment.    I wanted to be part of a company where I could really make a difference. I was attracted to the Opportunity North East (ONE) Graduate scheme that Solab offered as it was clear I could further my learning alongside full time work.

I have grown up in the generation where technology is a huge part of our everyday lives and I have always been interested in how it shapes and enhances our lives and working practices. Also, since the pandemic, my appreciation and interest in IT grew significantly.

I am from Aberdeen and have always been surrounded by family and friends working across the energy industry so when I knew that Solab had developed a crew management system, Onboard Tracker™, I had the opportunity to combine my enthusiasm for IT with an industry that I was familiar with.   I was also attracted to the fact that Solab is an SME and thought I could benefit from the on-the-job training and development, especially for my first role.

How would you describe your role?

My role is very varied, and every day is different. I have had the opportunity to work in each of the departments within Solab to gain exposure to the positions and operations delivered throughout the company. By having that knowledge and seeing first-hand what each person does, I am then assigned project work to support them priorities. Examples of this include finance, client and product research, marketing and business development. My days can vary from attending meetings with clients, participating at industry events or graduate workshops at ONE as well as branding and marketing workshops, and creating proposals and quotes.

What’s your proudest achievement to date at Solab?

My proudest achievement to date was helping to plan and arrange our Crewing & Cocktails User Forum. It was my first time being involved in event management which included sourcing a venue, arranging catering, guest lists and invitations, as well as attending and supporting on the day.  It was a fantastic experience, and I am very proud of myself! We had a wonderful turn out, the atmosphere was extremely positive, and we received excellent feedback, making all the stress and hard work worth it!

Tell us a little about you.  What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?

When I am not working, I enjoy eating out at local restaurants, as well as working on my wee food blog and spending time with my friends, family and two dogs.

What is something the team may not know about you?

10 years ago I was on a CBBC TV show called ‘Who Let the Dogs Out’ with my German Shepherd x Beagle called Molly. I got trained by a professional dog trainer how to teach my dog maths!

What are your future goals with Solab?

Looking to the future, I hope to continue to learn and develop by increasing my responsibilities. I hope to achieve this by showing motivation and enthusiasm, supporting the team by always getting involved, working hard, and taking initiative.  I would like to confidently deliver client demos of Onboard Tracker™ system as well as continue to build, strengthen, and maintain customer relationships and starting new ones to ensure they are getting the most out of our impressive system.

A big thanks to Zoe for all her hard work and continued efforts.  It has been extremely rewarding watching Zoe develop skills in multiple areas of the business – she certainly has a bright future ahead!

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