In 2018, Sophie first stepped through the IGNIFI blue doors for a 3-week stint of work shadowing during the final year of her degree in English Language and Linguistics with Education Studies. This initial experience allowed Sophie to make a positive impression on our team and showcase her adaptability and willingness to learn, which led to an offer of a full-time summer job with IGNIFI soon after graduation.
During this time, Sophie was able to really integrate and become an invaluable part of our Client Services team, gaining experience working with a range of clients and therapy areas and quickly building up her skills. From Sophie’s perspective, this helped to answer any questions she had on the industry and really cemented the idea that this was a role that she could see herself doing long-term. By the end of her placement, Sophie had become a great asset to the team and her position was extended.
During the following months Sophie provided help with both client-facing and internal marketing projects, building up her skills in project management, CRM/MIS systems, marketing, proofreading and an appreciation for the design and digital side of the business.
In early 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic hit and remote working became part of life at IGNIFI, Sophie had plans to move to Northumberland which unfortunately was too far away from our office and at the time meant having to leave the business. Sophie planned to use her experience gained with IGNIFI to find a position closer to home.
In her time away, like many companies, the rest of the IGNIFI team got to grips with working from home and found it to be such a success that we began to take on staff on a remote basis as well as those who were hoping to one day work in the office.
By the end of the year we were confident in this new way of working and, because of the strong working relationship we had built in her time with us, reached out to Sophie who began to do some work with us on a freelance basis. Then, in summer 2021, when were looking to hire someone in a permanent position to provide further support to our Client Services team, Sophie was the ideal candidate.