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 former midfielder is a great example of what can be achieved post-university. Sewell didn’t go on to continue your playing career, but has a successful business.
Sewell is the Director at Digital Spark Studios – a video production company, based just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. He 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.”
Four successful years at High Point University
Sewell’s journey to the US started in 2010, when he gained a scholarship at High Point University in North Carolina.
With the Panthers, the former midfielder was named Big South Freshman of the Year. Sewell was also a member of the Big South All-American Team after making 19 appearances that first season.
His best moment playing for the Panthers was going undefeated in his freshman year. He mentioned about the “older guys on the team” taking the younger guys under their wings.
During his four years with HPU, Sewell made 73 appearances. 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, Sewell has made the most of the big opportunity. 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. 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. If you know that before college, you can use that four years to really focus in on that skill set and stand-out from the competition in corporate America.”
Smaller class sizes offer different level of learning
Sewell believes the smaller class sizes helped with his learning. He recommended this because you get a “different level of learning”
Sewell said: “This is a tough one since I didn’t have any experience in university programs in the UK. 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. 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’s no real sense of personalised learning.”
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