Tell Us About Your Background
I came to England from Turkey when I was 18 years old. Originally, I wanted to work as a nurse after studying medicine, however the UK didn’t accept my diploma. I applied for university in 2016, but the student finance did not accept my application having not lived in UK for more than three years at the time. As a result, I started working as a warehouse operative at Amazon, where I stayed for two years.
I then went on to become a warehouse team leader at Smiths News for three and half years where I managed a large team. I started university one year later when I was eligible to apply again, studying Software Engineering.
I then began working as an admin analyst at Robert Dyas in October 2020. My manager there supported me, and I grew. I was responsible for reporting and data analysis, and this was one of my best experiences.
I had to work full- time alongside a full-time degree to be able to support myself and my family back home in Turkey. Unfortunately, my mum had an accident last year and suffered 70% burns to her body and was in ICU for three months. Throughout lockdown I juggled continuing to work with travelling back and forth to Turkey where my mother lives on a one-week-on one-week-off basis as I had to support her. I would go to university from 9-5 and then work from 5:30 pm until 2 am until June 2021.
I believe in the value of putting the hard work in. I knew what I was capable of, was determined to achieve more, and believed that the girl from six years ago must follow her dreams. I try not to let my past define me, and I know that what I do today will help me to create a future for my mum, my sister, and me.
What brought you to PS? Why did you choose the path that you are on?
As I was studying Software Engineering, I wanted to do an internship to help boost my experience and utilize the skills I was learning. Whilst all my studies have been online, I decided to apply for an internship at Publicis Sapient in early 2021.
I am an active LinkedIn user and connected with Cara Neale, on the Early Careers team, who told me about the internship opportunity, and I applied. Not many students have the opportunity to undertake an internship somewhere reputable whilst studying, so I felt very grateful.
I caught myself by surprise entering this field after studying medicine, but it excites me to be part of something that is changing the world.