After I graduated from the University of Leeds having studied Economics and History I was keen to secure a role with a large organisation. The chance to work with large clients, plus the opportunity to learn about the different areas of a large UK company, led me to Domestic & General.
The assessment centre was very engaging. It required you to think on your feet and get involved. The group exercise was actually really enjoyable and everyone threw themselves into it.
I was lucky enough to secure a place on last year’s graduate intern programme. At first, like with any new job, it was a challenge understanding the intricacies of the business and the industry. However, everyone is really friendly and happy to help. What I enjoyed most about the internship was the level of exposure you get to senior members at Domestic & General and getting to know all the new interns.
I am now working as an Account Handler in Client Business Development (CBD), driving business for 6 clients, all of which are household names. I also work in the New Business team and assist on prospect work for potential clients. I find this really interesting and enjoy the fast paced nature of it. The main challenge is understanding how each department works and how you can use their skills and qualities to best assist the clients. Once you understand this, the work becomes significantly easier!
The main tip I would give for applying is be yourself! I originally applied for the Commercial Finance Scheme and although I wasn’t successful, the finance team thought my qualities would be better suited in CBD and they were right. If I hadn’t been myself in the application process, I may well have ended up in finance, rather than where I belong, in CBD!