Spotlight On: Ella Smith-Langridge
I think it’s well documented by now that we just love to shout about how great our community are. Be they instructors, staff, or students, we think they are all great and we want you to know about it. This week we’re talking to the lovely Ella about how she came to GA, what she likes about it and what advice she’d give future students.
What were you doing before GA?
I was a Product Manager in a fast growth HR/Tech start up. Since working part time at GA though, I’ve moved into Lloyds Banking Group and I’ve been looking after the capability of the Product Community within our digital transformation area. I’m a big advocate of personal development!
Tell me three things you love about your role at GA?
I love working with the GA students, who are always a pleasure to work with, and are from a variety of backgrounds but all willing to be open to learning from myself and their fellow classmates. I love seeing the students get excited about their class projects and that ‘aha’ moment when they can apply what they’ve learned into their homework. Seeing these projects carry on even after the course has finished, and in some cases get funding and become real products is awesome. I tend to keep in touch with my students after they’ve finished the course and it’s delightful to see their learnings carry through into their careers and watch their roles evolve. And to see how they stay in touch with their classmates and support each other going forward.
What do you like about GA?
I like the atmosphere that GA creates, which is really friendly and approachable. They make you feel like it’s okay to bring your genuine self into the classroom, for the instructors and the students. This is incredibly reassuring, because when you’re learning as an adult it can be daunting, but with this atmosphere, it’s okay to talk about how you’re feeling so that we can work through it together.
One piece of advice you’d give to the students?
Stay curious! I think the most important part of being a product manager is to always be learning, whether it’s about your customer’s problems or the industry you’re working in. Keep challenging yourself and your company about the assumptions you’re making. I believe that this will keep you on track to success :)
Twitter : @EllaSquish1
Linkedin: Ella Smith — Langridge