I studied BSc Geography at the University of Exeter, and have spent time working in the charity and retail sectors since graduating. I moved to Endsleigh because I wanted a career that was challenging, fulfilling; where I can constantly learn, and add value. Endsleigh offered all of these!
What makes Endsleigh a great place to start your career?
Firstly, Endsleigh really value your individual qualities and potential as much as your academic background. Secondly, you are supported right the way through the scheme. I have a graduate mentor from senior management and a personal mentor from outside my business area; both of whom are always on hand to provide support and guidance, and are really focused on developing you as an individual. I felt Endsleigh offered an amazing opportunity to develop my skills and kick start my career, so I decided to apply.
What makes Operations?
My area of the business is very broad and dynamic. Operations focus on the customer, and the quality of services we provide to achieve our business plans. Because of this, my graduate scheme involves a rotation into all the business areas this encompasses. Spending two-three months in Technical Operations, Service, Sales, Claims and Project Management to name but a few, I am gaining a very holistic understanding of all the Operational areas, with the ability to see how they link together, and how we can drive continuous improvement.
What makes the training and development side of the graduate scheme for you?
Roughly twice a month we have dedicated graduate training enabling us to develop our skill sets. Training courses vary from ‘delivering memorable presentations’ to ‘first steps to leadership’ to specific software courses. The great thing about these courses is that you take them with your fellow graduates, so you really get to know each other and learn from each other’s experiences.
Monthly 1-2-1 meetings with our graduate and personal mentors also aid in our development. These 1-2-1s are invaluable, providing a chance to track progress in specific business areas, and chat on a personal level about how things are going.
At Endsleigh the training and development of the graduate intake is a priority, with opportunities available for you to take advantage of, and make of them what you need to succeed.
Describe the culture at Endsleigh?
Work hard, play hard! Within the office, you are quickly given responsibilities where you can really make a difference. Out of the office, Endsleigh recognises the importance of rewarding hard work, with companywide social events, including a Christmas Ball, and Open House – where the site is turned into a funfair for the weekend, free for friends and family to enjoy. They have really struck the balance right!
What makes Endsleigh the best place for you?
The great people I work with: everyone I have worked with throughout the rotation so far have been friendly, supportive and inclusive.
The sports facilities: playing tennis and team rounders matches at lunch time and after work is great fun, (competitive!) and provides a chance to get to know colleagues and other people around the business.
The location: having moved for the graduate scheme I am really enjoying life in Gloucestershire. With lots to offer from the array of pubs, bars, sports and shopping facilities, to the stunning Cotswold views, country walks, and not forgetting the Gold Cup. You really do have the best of both worlds, and are also never far from anywhere else in the country.
What advice would you give to undergraduates looking for a place to make their career?
The job market is tough, especially when applying for graduate schemes. Once you decide what you want to do, my best advice would be to gain some relevant work experience that showcases the skills you will need. Employers need to know you will deliver. At interview and assessment centre stage, prepare well, read up on the companies values, and by able to demonstrate you can deliver these. But most importantly, relax, be yourself, and smile.