Lisa’s top mo­bile ti­tle hope

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FAMILY ALBUM - by Nick Cullen

A FOR­MER Christ Church pupil is get­ting ready for a swanky cer­e­mony in the City of Lon­don that could see her named as the UK’s top mo­bile phone sales­per­son.

Lisa White, 16, left school last year with seven GSCEs, and went straight to work at the Orange shop in Park Mall.

Less than a year later she has been short­listed as one of six fi­nal­ists for the pres­ti­gious Shop Idol award.

She said; “It just looked like an in­ter­est­ing job. I don’t think any­thing can re­ally pre­pare you for work, you just have to jump in.

“There’s a lot to learn, as ev­ery sin­gle phone is dif­fer­ent, but I find it re­ally in­ter­est­ing.”

The job also has perks for a mo­bile phone en­thu­si­ast like Lisa, as she said: “I’ve got a lot at home, just a lit­tle col­lec­tion.”

The com­pe­ti­tion sees sales teams from all the mo­bile phone net­works com­pet­ing against each other. Can­di­dates are ei­ther nom­i­nated by their man­agers, or put them­selves for­ward.

Lisa, who de­cided to take on the chal­lenge her­self, was put through her paces by a mys­tery shop­per, and then grilled by a panel of in­dus­try ex­perts at the Lon­don semi-fi­nal last month.

Her par­ents Sarah and Steve and brother Ben, 18 are ex­cited about her reach­ing the fi­nal.

And she said she is not the only fam­ily mem­ber with an in­ter­est in tech­nol­ogy - her dad works in IT and her brother is study­ing it at col­lege.

She said: “I’ve got a lap­top of my own now, but when we only had one com­puter, we used to have a lot of ar­gu­ments over who was go­ing to use it.”

The Shop Idol cer­e­mony, with cham­pagne re­cep­tion and din­ner, is on June 7 at the Brew­ery in Lon­don’s fi­nan­cial dis­trict.

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