Meet the Team: Jack Lyall, General Office Assistant

This week we managed to catch up with the youngest member of Team LEWIS, our General Office Assistant Jack.

What's your job title?

General Office Assistant.

What's your career to date? In a couple of lines.

A sales assistant in a shop 5 minutes away from my house, to an office assistant at LEWIS. Short but sweet!

What do you most want to know the answer to?

Is water wet?

Where do you feel most present?

On a football pitch, kicking a ball around with some mates, preferably on a summer night.

What’s your most treasured object?

Wee Ibz, my car.

What inspires a sense of adventure within you?

Mountain views. I went on holiday in the summer, we went up north and my dad took us to a place he had been when he was a boy, basically in the clouds. The view was gorgeous, a windy road up a mountain, and stopped near the top at the side of the road where there were other people too. Good old Scotland.

Won any awards or industry accolades?

Nope, still early days in my career.

Where did you gain a passion for your career?

In National 5 business management, with my teacher telling us stories about lots of different companies that were in the news over the years for successes or failures and explaining the thinking behind each outcome! Used to stay after class to hear the end to the story.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Before I started my job at LEWIS, my dad told me “Always ask questions. Eventually, with a bit of hard work, you’ll become the person being asked”. I’ve stuck by the advice, and it’s made settling into my career a lot easier!

If you could do any job in the world what would it be?

Serious answer would be a footballer. I had a taste of being a professional a few years ago, and it was an incredible feeling. To be able to make it big and have everyone know me would be a dream for me. A fun answer… Professional sleeper! Hotels hire me to sleep in different rooms and rate them, sounds ideal!

What was the last book you read or film you saw that changed the way you view the world?

Joker. As a big supporter of mental health, seeing this movie and how they portray what it’s like to suffer from mental health and how it affected Arthur Fleck, was extremely interesting for me. I was glued to the screen the whole time and was the most excited I’ve been about a film for a long time, before and after watching.

What advertising campaign or advert from your childhood still sticks in your mind?

The advert which comes straight to my head would be the Cadbury’s advert of the gorilla playing the drums. This is one of the stories my business teacher told us, and the thinking behind the commercial. But we always asked, who walked into the boardroom and said “I’ve got it!!! A gorilla playing drums will help sell chocolate”.