Accedo has many talented employees working across the globe, and we want to acknowledge their amazing work. This month, we’ll focus on the U.K. team and get to know Carrie Woodward, Accedo’s Marketing Designer based in London.
Can you describe your role at Accedo?
My role is quite varied, from working with Global Marketing as a Marketing Designer, creating graphics and videos for social media, and creating HTML files for different online campaigns. I also work with E&L and the London office to create similar designs: including print design of event banners, business cards, and support the Sales team with input on low-level forecasts.
I also manage the London office by ordering equipment, organizing couriers to ensure everyone can work from home efficiently, plan and organize office moves, team parties, and most importantly, I keep the beer fridge well-stocked!
How has your career path led to your current role?
In my previous career, I was an executive assistant for 18 years, and for some time I wanted a career change. So I took the plunge and started college in 2014, studying web design and coding. I started working at Accedo part-time in 2015, just before I finished college and started university full time. I graduated from university with a first-class honors degree in Graphic Design, Visual Comms, and Illustration in 2018, still working at Accedo part-time. The following year I went full time at Accedo and have gradually increased my design work within the company.
What first motivated you to apply to work at Accedo?
I wanted to work for a company that had opportunities to further my career path, and this role at Accedo was a perfect match. Especially, given my previous work experience as an EA to manage the London office part-time along with my full-time studies and having opportunities to gain design skills for my new career.
What are the advantages of working for a company with multiple global offices? Do you see any disadvantages?
I have never seen any disadvantages to working globally. In fact, quite the opposite! I love to travel, meet people, and enjoy learning about different cultures. Working with everyone across the globe has been fantastic. It feels like one big family at Accedo that’s not too far away from each other, and we are always there to reach out to each other with just a video call away!
Which is the most interesting project you have worked on and what did you learn from the experience?
I cannot name anything specific, but I’ve been working on more video creation recently and am learning more about being creative with motion design and best practices.
What is the best thing about the office you work in?
Everyone in the office is friendly, helpful, and fun, and everyone upholds the Accedo values.
What is something not many people know about you?
I love motorbikes, I had a Yamaha YZ80 as my first bike when I was 11 years old. I’ve been riding on the road since 2011, and I’ve had a few bikes from Ducati Monster, Honda CBR600rr to my new love Yamaha MT-07.
What is your favorite movie?
It has to be ‘Twin Town’ because I’m Welsh!
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