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Will ready to combine passions for technology and sport

22 July 2016 @TeesUniNews


Studying at Teesside University has led Will Ridley to embark on a career which combines his passion for technology and sport.

Will Ridley
Will Ridley

Will, 21, originally from Bubwith, near Selby in North Yorkshire, is about to start work as a Commercial Graduate at Sky Betting and Gaming in Leeds.

The former Teesside University Students’ Union President graduates with a First Class BA (Hons) Business Management.

Will said: 'My new role will involve absorbing knowledge in a fast-paced digital environment to come up with new product ideas to maximise the customer experience.

'I was just one of ten selected from over 600 applicants for an 18-month scheme aimed at making betting and gaming better for customers. It is the perfect job for me, mixing my passions for technology and sport.'

Will added: 'I decided to come to Teesside to study after visiting during an Open Day. I was made to feel welcome by the friendly staff and students. The size of the campus and the town really attracted me too and the degree course looked ideal with an option to take a placement year.

'My experience of Teesside University was amazing and transformational. I made friends for life, made links with businesses and was put on the path for a great career.'

Will added: 'Being elected as Students’ Union President gave me real business experience and I was the main student voice for students. It was a full-time role which involved speaking out nationally on behalf of students and also featuring on local television.'

During his time at Teesside, Will was also elected as a student governor and became a Student Representative in the University’s Business School. He said: 'I enjoyed the range of modules on the degree which provided an overall understanding of business, from small independent businesses to giant blue chip companies.

'I enjoyed how it was technology driven as well relating to the future of the ever developing technology lifestyle.

'The course really helped to prepare me for life after University as the understanding I’ve gained from the course, coupled with the real world experience I’ve gained has provided me with opportunities to learn and grow into my future career.'