October 24, 2022

The day in the life of a working student at Arkwright Digital

Kenan Buhic
Project Manager
Get a feel for what it is like working at Arkwright Digital as a student!

Get to know Kenan

“My supervisor at my university’s career center always said that my persona and character fit a start-up enviroment. I, on the other hand, always wanted to work for an established firm. At Arkwright Digital, I get the best of both worlds.”

Being born in Norway to Bosnian parents, I knew how my summer vacations would start: in a car, on the road, with approximately 2,500 kilometers to cover!

For many, just the thought of having to sit crammed in the backseat of a 93’ Passat is enough to elevate their cortisol levels beyond what is considered healthy.

To a younger me, though, it sparked a curiosity about what Europe - and especially Germany  - had to offer. Like many others, I experienced the country as numerous pit stops on the Autobahn: and there was just something about all the fast cars and surprisingly tasty food at Shell petrol stations that led me to learn the phrase:

 “In der Zukunft will ich nach Deutschland umziehen”.

A 12-year old me at a gas station somewhere in the south of Germany

I mostly used this catch-phrase ("In the future, I want to move to Germany!") to flatter my German teacher into giving me better grades in high school. Little did I know that, a couple of years later, I would actually be working for a German firm in Germany. Funny how life works, huh? 

Let me tell you what led me to Arkwright Digital in Hamburg

While doing my Bachelor’s degree in Norway, I spent seven months at Karl-Franzens-Universität in Graz, Austria. My time there led me to decide to do my master’s degree in a German-speaking country, and ultimately, I opted for WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management. Here, I am currently in my final year of a MSc Management degree with a focus on data analytics. 

Prior to joining Arkwright Digital, I had had various student jobs in a range of industries. To name a few: at 18, I was working at a leading software company in the oil & gas industry - and stayed for two years. In addition, I took on projects as a freelance web designer and developer. I then spent summer 2021 working for Germany’s fastest growing B2C company, based in Berlin. 

Due to my extensive and highly-diverse professional experiences to date, putting a finger on exactly what I wanted to do next seemed difficult, and I often found myself trying to decide between consulting and tech. I knew I wanted to work at the intersection of business, technology, and design - and that I wanted to do that with great people around me. 

What I didn't know was where I could do that. Until I found Arkwright Digital. 

Being a subsidiary of Arkwright Consulting, Arkwright Digital was the perfect answer to my interests, and I instantly knew that was is the company I wanted to work for. 

A day in the life of a working student at Arkwright Digital

Having spent just over half a year at Arkwright Digital, I have been involved in - and given direct responsibility in - a myriad of projects and tasks.

Currently, our services are mostly within the payment industry, where Arkwright Digital is working with international and renowned  companies, helping them by planning, designing, developing, and implementing an array of digital services which are of utmost importance for our clients. 

No two projects are the same, and the variety of skillsets you acquire and deploy during preliminary and implementation phases are invaluable to personal and professional growth. 

Since the company is relatively young, you given duties not just for external stakeholders, but are also internally, within the company, to aid its growth. This gives you the impression that your involvement really does make a difference and that you are directly affecting the trajectory of the company.

During my first few months at Arkwright Digital, I have been involved in projects for the Nordic, European and Oceanian markets. Furthermore, due to my background in design and development, I have also been given responsibility for web-related projects internally within Arkwright Consulting and Arkwright Digital. 

Nevertheless, Arkwright Digital still understands that your main occupation is being a student - and respects that. In my experience, the team and management align tasks and working hours at the firm with your course of studies, giving you the time and space you need to keep on top of your course.  

My work-station during my exchange semester in Reims, France

So should you consider a career at Arkwright Digital?

Arkwright Digital works like a fast-growing start-up. The organisational structure is horizontal, and you are surrounded by individuals who are experts in their various areas. The expertise and quality of work Arkwright Digital delivers has not gone by unnoticed by our clients, and as a result the company has seen unparalleled growth the past couple of years.

As a result, we are  constantly on the look-out for bright, inquisitive minds with ambitious goals to join us and support our clients on exciting projects to come.

If this sounds like an environment you would thrive in, do not hesitate to read more about our career opportunities on our careers pages, or get in contact with me. 

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