I studied Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Gloucestershire and was Club Captain of the University’s tennis club, which ultimately led me to hear about the role, as it was the Director of Sport that pointed me to Endsleigh. I didn’t do a traditional ‘business’ type degree to get onto the scheme. Endsleigh value your individual qualities and your potential as much as your academic background.
What makes Endsleigh a great place to make your career?
Endsleigh’s history really drew me in, along with its affinity with students and the NUS. It also has great training opportunities, a personal mentor from senior management and outside your business area, plus a real focus on developing you as an individual which was a winning combination in my eyes.
Another major factor is the Endsleigh ‘work hard, play hard’ ethic, and a head office site with brilliant facilities. I’m definitely enjoying a bit of tennis or football on my lunches as well! Finally, if you want a graduate job but don’t want to relocate to ‘the city’, they’re in a great location.
What makes up your department?
I’m an Assistant Commercial Broker in the Broker MFU and my day-to-day role consists of fielding enquiries in the Commercial New Business team. I have been learning the insurance products we sell before I move on to a niche market. Whilst the learning curve has been intense and challenging, it’s a rewarding process to complete.
I’ll also get experience in our Woodstock site down in Maidstone, where I will be involved in a project for four weeks, given real responsibility and invited to feedback on aspects of the company. (All this after just two months in the job!)
What makes the training and development for you?
We get roughly two days a month dedicated purely to graduate training to learn about the working environment and to get a knowledge base across the whole business.
We’re also encouraged to give feedback and can ask for training we think would be relevant on top of and sometimes in place of the current programme. All this alongside 1-2-1 monthly meetings with my line manager to discuss performance and monthly meetings with my mentor. It’s evident that training and developing the graduate intake is a priority.
How would you describe the culture at Endsleigh?
Endsleigh sum it up the best themselves; work hard, play hard.
What makes Endsleigh the best place for you?
I get up looking forward to coming to work in the morning, thanks to some great colleagues. Plus the fact that I have been given opportunities to prove myself already early on into my career. There is also a great social scene, with graduates working well together inside and outside of the office, and a host of events throughout the year.
What advice would you give to an undergraduate looking for a place to make their career?
The job market is tough, especially so for graduate schemes. My best advice for your interviews and assessment centres is to prepare well, be proactive, be yourself, know what you’re applying for and as important as anything, stand out from the crowd. There will be hundreds of graduates applying with you, all with the relevant academic results, so tell Endsleigh what you bring to the table that others can’t. Finally, make sure you’re prepared to take full advantage of everything that’s on offer. The people here are great at helping you settle in quickly and comfortably.