Tutor Doctor | Oct 9, 2015

Making the Difference as an Intern

As a Marketing Team, we like to include interns, since they offer new ideas and innovations and see things in a different light. We were happy to have Michelle Morris join us earlier this year during the course of her studies. We hope you enjoy learning about her and her experiences with Tutor Doctor.

Sincerely, Stefania Sigurdson, Marketing Director, Tutor Doctor

What is your story so far?
Throughout my life I have been surrounded by the world of business with my parents owning a franchise in South Africa and going on to own a chain of pubs in the UK. Around the age of 16 I became obsessed with baking… celebratory cakes, cupcakes, cheesecake… all types of cake! From that obsession I started my own business called Shelly Bell’s which was a great experience and taught me the basics of business, with a little help from my dad.
I love travelling and learning about new cultures so I thought taking an International Business degree at university would be the perfect fit for me! I studied in Australia for 6 months in Townsville, and traveled all over Queensland seeing some breath-taking scenery such as the Whitsunday Islands and fitting into the sunny Aussie lifestyle, as well as meeting some awesome people along the way!
From 30°C Australia, I arrived in a shockingly different -30°C Canada for my Tutor Doctor Internship. The 6 months spent with the Tutor Doctor team was an invaluable experience and am excited to continue working with the team back in the UK.

Where are you studying?
I am now in my final year of studying BA International Business at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK.

What made you want to intern with Tutor Doctor?
Through the connection of my dad working for Tutor Doctor as a Country Manager, as well as the fact it is a rapidly expanding international company but still quite a young business gave me a huge interest. It was an opportunity for me to work with many countries and cultures, which fit in with my degree perfectly. During my 6 months the one thing that really stood out to me was how the company values run through to the very core, with every single franchisee and member of the team dedicated to helping students all over the world.

What is your favorite part?
Hands down, my favorite part of my internship was working on our Social Media Strategy. Not only was it incredible to be a part of such a fun project, but being given the opportunity to manage the project was fantastic!

What are your short-term and long-term goals?
Short-term goals are to finish my degree and continue to work with Tutor Doctor from the UK.

Long-term goals are to one day own an island and start my own business… what that business may be I am not sure yet but, as cheesy as this may sound, the sky’s the limit!

If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be?
Richard Branson! After reading his book I was truly inspired – it would be a dream to discuss buying an island, creating a hugely successful brand and making trips to space a normal family vacation.

What advice would you give to students looking to intern?
Just go for it! And even better if you can do it in another country – you’ll not only make life-long friends, but it will be an experience of a lifetime!