My name is Rupert Laing and I have recently started at Intuit as an Associate Marketing Manager. I am here for a year as part of a programme called the New Entrepreneurs Foundation and I’ll be blogging about my journey – please do join in!
At the beginning of September I was living and working in the Highlands of Scotland. Two days later I had moved to London, walked about 100 miles in a suit with a small diary map in my hand and sat in offices I never imagined I would see…
Change can be difficult but this change was interesting. In my previous job I was in charge of organising Blair Castle International Horse Trials and Country Fair. In Scotland I lived in a flat free of charge, managing an event with 45,000 people attending, and stepped out of the door every morning into a stunning Scottish glen to walk 35m to the door of the office which stood in the shadow of a gleaming white castle.
Two days later and I was staying in a flat in Battersea, commuting two hours to work through a buzzing London out to Maidenhead and trying to get my head around taking on a new role with Intuit.
But it is so exciting! I am now part of the New Entrepreneurs Foundation and going through an exciting programme with some of the most diverse and talented people you could put in one room. So the biggest challenge at the moment is how not to get over-excited about what is to come.
New Entrepreneurs Foundation
So, what is the New Entrepreneurs Foundation?
It is an initiative set up by leading city businessmen to encourage young people to start their own businesses as a way to boost the UK economy.
Over the next year the 28 people on the programme will get the opportunity to be trained by top London firms as well as taking part in work placements in some of the world’s most innovative companies. And this is what brought me to Intuit.
I am hoping to get as much insight as possible into how a successful company such as this operates, and work out how I could apply this to running my own business in the future.
My first fortnight at Intuit taught me that a company like this keeps you on your toes! The mood is diverse and dynamic. The company is currently launching its product across the world and much of this work is being done out of the Maidenhead office, so it is a hub of activity. The diversity of the office is amazing to see, with people from India, Australia, France, Canada, Germany and, of course, lots of Americans!
So this is the start of a big new adventure – watch this space!