Bridging the gap

Thank you Adam Broadbent, one of our very own Arch Grads, for this brilliant blog entry!


As a 2016 graduate I know that attending university can be a fantastic experience. You gain independence, new friends, pursue your passions and soak up knowledge. But if, like me, you haven’t done a vocational degree (a degree that trains you for a specific job e.g. medicine) than the graduate work-place can seem a daunting. How do you differentiate yourself from the competition? Crucially, how do you go from having great transferable skills to having the depth of knowledge needed to excel in today’s fast moving digital world?

From the other the side of the table, as an employer, how do you find the best graduates that can hit the ground running?

Learn before the job, not just on the job

Liam Neeson once said:

“I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career…”

What if I told you that you too could gain a very particular set of (digital) skills, skills you can acquire in one intense 10-week period at the START of your career, oh, and get paid for the privilege?

Getting skills early means graduates spend the first few weeks/months/years of future graduate jobs actually knowing what to do and delivering value to the businesses they join.

Learn from the experts

Woody Allen once said:

“Those who can't do, teach. And those who can't teach, teach gym”

The point I want to express here is how up-to-date Arch training is. The world isn’t static and neither is the Arch curriculum. Training sessions range from strategic marketing and sales to leadership classes and finance; All use the latest digital tools and many are taught by some of the most clued up people in the industry whose main job is to DO what they’re teaching.

Real world scenarios

Dr. Seuss once said:

“Think left and think right and think low and think high.

Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try”

Arch has its roots in a disruptive start-up culture, in the final two weeks of training we were given real world problems to solve at real start-up’s reporting to real CEO’s. These week long intensive projects exposed us to many different ideas and companies, giving us the sort of commercial exposure it’s hard to find at university. Some of the companies are looking at implementing the ideas that we came up with!

Top tips

(I’m running out of quotes…)

Captain Barbossa once said:

“They’re more like guidelines anyway”

For future arch graduates

-          Buy a notebook (and matching pens) and get in the habit of writing things down, notes, thoughts, questions - it’s a great habit to get into

-          Give people 100% of your attention and be an active (not a passive) listener

-          No Grazing*

For potential business partners

-          Get involved.  


*How to not Graze

Step one. Don’t glance at your phone/laptop/ipad when someone is talking to you. At all. Ever.

Step two (optional). Download the BreakFree app (or similar) and be horrified at how many hours you spend staring at your phone (Today I’m on 72 unlocks and counting… :/ )


We are looking forward to many more contributions from our graduates in the future!