Thanks to Jacob Turner, Careers Information Desk Intern, who made some great notes for us at our recent panel event: Are grad schemes for you?
- Mark Page- TJX Europe (TK Maxx), Senior Talent Acquisition
- Elin Williams- Civil Service Fast Stream, Senior Cohort Leader
- Hannah Dillon- L’Oreal, Campus Ambassador
- Pash Selopal- Frontline, Recruitment Officer
- Kathryn Walmsley- PwC, Student Recruitment Officer
What is a Grad scheme?
- A structured period of training and development, often rotating around different departments, may involve placements overseas, structure may vary according to employer.
- TJX Europe’s schemes are segregated and specific with a lot of early responsibility, allowing participants to train and develop skills relevant to a specific area of the business.
- Fast Track schemes aim to attract future leaders, allowing graduates with great potential to begin working with early responsibility, and to develop personally and professionally, whilst increasing their profile within the business. Often such schemes are structured to ensure that passionate graduates are able to be themselves and learn skills throughout various areas of the business.
- Certain schemes are more general. The Civil Service Fast Stream Generalist scheme ensures that graduates attempt a varied group of jobs throughout the service. They recruit from any degree subject. The scheme includes 4 six month placements, giving you the opportunity to try out different things and see what fits you, whilst developing an understanding of the different areas within the Civil Service.
Guest blog written by Isabelle Wynne, Assistant Merchandiser in Kids, Homewares and Festive, Asda
- University of York English and History BA
- Current Role: Assistant Merchandiser in Kids Homewares and Festive
What attracted you to applying for the Asda Graduate Scheme?
I worked in retail while at university which gave me a real passion for the customer and products. The Asda graduate scheme offered a fantastic opportunity to try working in different areas and get a real insight into how a product and range are created.
Tell us about your ‘Asda Journey’
Before Asda, I worked for a small independent department store for 4 years part time as a shop assistant and website administrator. I then joined the Festive and Kids Homewares team as an assistant merchandiser. This was a huge change for me- I’d come from a non-business/maths degree and suddenly found myself doing complex sums and spreadsheets every day! I still get a lot of insight into the product and strategy, though, and over the last year I progressed to covering the Kids Dine category as full Merchandiser for 4 months.
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Guest blog written by: Will Broook, Web Analyst, Jet2holidays
1) What is your name?
2) What degree/postgraduate course did you study and where?
History and Economics at University of Manchester
3) What is your current job title?
Web / Digital Insight Analyst
4) How did you get your current job – what were the steps you took from graduation?
After graduating in the summer of 2014, I was unsure what I wanted to do. I got a part-time job at John Lewis but I felt I was lacking direction. I wanted to get some digital marketing experience, as I have always been interested in this. I managed to secure a month’s worth of work experience as an intern in the Marketing department at Jet2holidays.com. The majority of the work I did was for the Web Analytics team. I really enjoyed the work and at the end of it, I was lucky enough to be offered a permanent role.
5) How relevant was your subject of study in securing your current job?
Guest blog written by Joe Hill, Content & Online PR Executive.
Having a maths degree on your CV when applying for a fashion role might not seem like a match in heaven, but don’t be discouraged. Skills can be transferred from unlikely places, with past education and employment being invaluable in all professional experiences.
We recently spoke to three members of staff at fashion retailer bonprix about how their different career paths led them up to working in fashion. Offline Campaign Manager, Rosie; Project Manager, Lydia; and Marketing Services Manager, Paul discuss their experience, and what they would look for in an employee.
How did you get into your current role and why?
Urban Outfitters are holding a careers day at their Manchester store this Tuesday between 1pm and 6pm.
As well as Sales Associates, they are looking for people to fill roles as Store Managers, Head Office roles and Head Office internships.
Bring your CV and/or portfolio to the Manchester Store
42-43 Market Street,
Manchester Arndale Shopping Centre,
Find out more about the type of roles they offer on the Urban Outfitters website
While some employers want more female applicants, L’Oreal wants more men to apply for its employment opportunities.
Read more in GTi’s article about equality and diversity.
If you’re interested in franchising as a career, access these two free online resources from Venture Marketing Group.