ClickThrough welcomes Kyri Koni, graduate trainee

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Following our successful graduate recruitment day, we’ve recently made a new addition the SEO team here at ClickThrough Marketing. We sat down for a quick chat with Kyri Koni to find out how he’s settled in, how he ended up living in Gran Canaria, and his favourite public speaker.

Who are you? - Kyri Koni, graduate trainee at ClickThrough Marketing.

When did you start at ClickThrough? - Monday, December 10

What does your role at ClickThrough involve? - On the whole my role involves providing support to the account executives in the SEO team on client work – helping to ensure they have a good SEO presence – and research tasks, to provide insights into how certain processes within the business could be improved.

I also spend a lot of time swotting up on Internet marketing.

What’s your background? - I graduated from the University of Liverpool back in 2010, with a degree in Business Studies and Spanish. I then worked in a bank for a short amount of time, before bagging a job at SCC (Specialist Computer Centres), Europe’s largest independent IT re-seller.

What made you jump into the world of SEO? - My role at SCC not only enabled me to learn about the physical side of IT, but also fostered an interest in the technical, online-focussed side of things. This, coupled with the knowledge of marketing I gained through my degree, led me towards Internet marketing.

How have you found ClickThrough so far? - It’s been really good. I got invited to the staff Christmas party at Alton Towers the weekend before I started, which allowed me to get to know everyone in a relaxed, social environment. Everyone’s been really accommodating and the SEO team, in particular, have helped me settle nicely into my role.

What’s your proudest moment? - I have two. The first and main one would have to be going to live in Gran Canaria for eight months as part of my university course. I taught English to secondary school kids which was incredibly rewarding. It opened my eyes to a new country, allowed me to develop my Spanish and experience a fantastic but completely unfamiliar culture.

The second was completing the Black Country Half Marathon last year (2012), running from Wolverhampton to Birmingham – which I can safely say is much further than it sounds!

If you were stuck on a desert island and were only allowed to take three luxury items, what would you choose? -

  1. My iPad: I know it’s not the most practical thing to take to a desert island, but I know it would keep me occupied for hours, allowing me to browse the web and maintain contact with friends and family. Well, at least until the battery ran out.
  2. The Lord of the Rings: It’s one of those widely-praised classics I’ve never got round to reading, plus it’s really long – the perfect time-killer.
  3. Michael Jackson’s Greatest Hits: Being stranded on the desert island, I’d obviously have to load this onto my iPad. The lack of a proper sound system wouldn’t bother me though – MJ’s music is timeless. He’s responsible for so many great songs (Beat It’s my personal favourite) and it’d take me a while to become bored of hearing them.

How would you spend your perfect weekend? - I’m a keen explorer – I’m definitely not really one to sit and be reclusive. So I’d probably jet off to a random destination in search of adventure and better weather. I wouldn’t mind too much where. As long as there was plenty of sun, a tropical climate and a great beach, I’d be happy. Then during the evening I’d enjoy a night out with my friends – doing everything a normal 24-year-old would do.

Who do you admire most and why? - Eric Thomas. He’s not widely known but he’s a brilliant public speaker. His quote: “You can’t shine a diamond until you are ready to be cut like a diamond. Get comfortable being uncomfortable” really gets me going.

Finally, where do you see yourself in seven years? - I think primarily I’d like to be a position where I’d have broadened my SEO knowledge and become a valued member of the team at ClickThrough, with more responsibility.

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