• Jemima Tyssen Smith

Roll7 Kickstart Blog - Interview with Michael & Aydan

Hi Michael, hi Aydan!

M: Hello!

A: Hi!

So, you’re both here as a General Administrators via the Kickstart scheme - could you tell me a bit about what you do here at Roll7?

A: It’s actually kind of tough to sum it up, it’s such a mixed bag.

M: Yeah, it’s a bit hard to generalise it into a neat description, right? I guess I’d say that we do a big range of different things. Booking meetings, ordering items for the company on amazon, a bit of data management with expenses and invoices, helping liaise with employees to get them their contracts… it’s a big mix! I’ve also been spending some time researching potential solutions to existing problems, just generally trying to find ways to help make things run as smoothly as possible for everyone here.

A: Right, exactly. It’s basically just a bunch of stuff to help assist the hr/ops team. At the moment we’ve been doing a lot of ISO certification work - updating drives, policies, HR systems, that kind of thing. It’s a lot of small tasks - just whatever’s helpful, really. I end up doing quite a bit of tech support, too.

One of the Team Fun events ran by our awesome HR & Ops Team

So, the Kickstart scheme is a government initiative which provides funding to help 16-24 year olds on Universal Credit find work - how did you wind up here at Roll7?

M: You have a work coach who helps you look for jobs in areas that interest you, but it’s pretty broad. I put down a bunch of stuff - everything from customer service, to admin, to acting. And then I sent a bunch of forms off and heard nothing back for a long time!

A: I was applying to stuff for ages before I heard anything back, yeah - after I left uni at the start of the year, I applied to something like 200 jobs, and I didn’t hear back from any of them.

M: When you’re looking for work through the scheme, you don’t really get a super detailed description of what you’re applying for, so I was really excited when I got here to find out more about the job and the role. The thing I enjoy most here is that I really feel like part of a unit - there’s a great atmosphere and everyone here is really part of the team.

So now that you guys are here - what’s it like working in games?

A: Working in games is pretty cool - I used to play a lot of classic games with my grandad before he passed. I have some pretty great memories of that.

M: Yeah, I’ve always loved the communal aspect of games - the way they bring families together. When I was younger, games were definitely something that let me and my brother (who’s a lot older than me) come together and bond, and that was really special.

The work you guys are doing now is a lot of the same stuff I was doing when I first started at Roll7. I definitely remember which parts were the best (and worst!) for me - what have you enjoyed doing the most?

M: Definitely running our online team fun events - it’s really cool to be able to do something fun every month, and it gives everyone a chance to socialise and engage with colleagues in different way. It’s something to look forward to, and it definitely boosts morale!

A: Team fun is pretty good, yeah.

Well, I have enjoyed you guys organising team fun, too - it’s nice for me to get a chance to be an attendee for a change and not have the pressure of organising it!

M: Ha, ok - yeah, I reckon partaking is probably a little bit less stressful than organising it, but I really enjoy the sense of satisfaction you get when everyone is having fun with an event you helped plan.

A: I definitely get that. I think that’s why, for me, the best tasks are kind of bulky ones - doing a bunch of uploads, creating a guide, that kind of thing. It’s about having a big task you can focus and zone in on. I think that’s something where you get that sense of satisfaction when you’re done, for sure.

I know exactly what you mean. Our time is almost up, but before you go - what are your plans for your future career after your time at Roll7 is up?

A: I think after this I’d be happy to do more of a similar job - I feel like I get on well with admin work. My long-term goal is to get into consultancy, though.

M: Yeah, I could definitely see myself doing more work like this, or maybe getting into the music production side of things - I produce some stuff in my free time and it would be amazing to be able to spend more time on that. But while I’m here I’ve also seen a lot of other jobs in games that I can see myself training up for - QA looks interesting, as does UI/UX.

Thanks so much for taking the time to talk to me! It’s been amazing having you both here, and I can’t wait to see what you do next.