What are the Best and Worst things about your job?
As a graduate trainee, you get to sit in on meetings with directors and Managing directors, opportunities that a lot of people in the company don't get a lot of.
I get to experience all the departments and move around the different business units across the country, gaining a better understanding of the business as a whole.
The organisation and communication of graduate placement can be improved.
At times it feels as though no one knows what to do with you or trusts to give you a workload when you are in the department for a short period of time.
It can be mentally challenging to be so far from home at times.
What is the annual salary for this role?
Starting salary: £25,000 - £27,000
Current salary: £25,000 - £27,000
What hours do you actually work, on average?
What advice would you give to someone applying to this role?
Be sure that you are 100% comfortable with moving around every 6 months, and likely quite far from home.
The application process is lengthy, but with each next stage you get through, you learn a lot more about the company, and in my case, it was during the assessment centre that I realised I not only wanted to be on the graduate scheme, but I wanted to work for the company.
Do you have any interview tips?
Be yourself. It's daunting and you may feel like you have to be more or less of yourself in order to make a good impression, but honestly be true to who you are. It makes you human and easier for the interviewers to connect with you.
Make sure you understand the industry, know what is going on commercially.
When asked to give an example of when you have demonstrated certain skills, this doesn't only mean in a job situation. Use any life event that required you to apply the skill.