Life after University with Adam Sewell
After his four years at university, over in the United States, client Adam Sewell has since set up his own business and has made a name for himself in his industry.
The Great Yarmouth native is a great example of what can be achieved post-university, if you don’t go on to continue your playing career.
Sewell is the Director at Digital Spark Studios - a video production company, based just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina – and spoke about his position and what the business is all about.
“I started my business in 2015 and since then I’ve been growing it to where it is today,” he said. “We are a video production house based in Charlotte NC, and we make commercials for TV, social media, and web.
“We also have a second brand that is dedicated to wedding photography and videography. My role in the company is to handle client relationships and grow the business.
“I still take part in the production process nearly every week, but we are working on changing things in the company, where I would be taking on more of a management role.”
Sewell’s journey to the US started back in 2010, when he gained a scholarship at High Point University in North Carolina.
The former midfielder, who also played summer football with Charlotte Eagles, was named Big South Freshman of the Year and was also a member of the Big South All-American Team after making 19 appearances that first season.
Speaking about his best moment playing for the Panthers, he said it was going undefeated in his freshman year and the fact the “older guys on the team took the younger guys under their wings”.
During his four years with HPU, Sewell made 73 appearances and the team qualified for the Big South Tournament in every year the midfielder was with the Panthers.
After making the bold decision to move thousands of miles away, it’s safe to say Sewell has made the most of the big opportunity and he admitted that he didn’t realise the options were “far beyond” playing football after graduation.
He added: “Personally, I think it’s a great opportunity to move on to the next level of football, but it wasn’t until after graduation that I realised the opportunities were far beyond the footballing world.
“I never really had the desire to play at the next level. Playing every day since I was eight, I was ready for a change. If it wasn’t for High Point University, their facilities, and the people there, I would probably never have found my passion about video production and never started a business.
“The USA gives you far more opportunities to make a career for yourself in something you love to do, and if you know that before college, you can use that four years to really focus in on that skill set and standout from the competition in corporate America.”
One other question that we asked Sewell was where he thought he would be, in life, if he stayed in the UK, rather than going out to the US.
Sewell said: “This is a tough one since I didn’t have any experience in university programs in the UK, but what I can say is that if you want to take the schooling part seriously, I would recommend finding a school that has smaller class sizes.
“Most of my classes were between 10 and 20 students and you can get a different level of learning from that. Bigger schools will have classes with up to 200 students at a time and there is no real sense of personalized learning.”