Why did you choose the John Lewis Partnership?

Through the years of being a student, I was fortunate enough to work John Lewis as a shop floor selling partner. It was ultimately my experiences during this time which lead me to understand that the Partnership wasn't like many other businesses in the UK, especially within the retail sector. To elaborate, the Partnership is underpinned by "Principle 1", highlights that the mere existence of the Partnership is to maximise the happiness of partners through satisfactory employment. Take "Principle 1", an embeded democratic structure and model of co-ownership and what you have is something very profound. 

What your role does / will involve 

The IT Graduate Scheme aims to give you an array of exposure by providing you with different assignments where you are expected to fill a number of roles across your respective IT division, whether that be John Lewis, Waitrose or Partnership Services. After a year in John Lewis IT, I have had the pleasure of filling three roles. Firstly as a Project Coordinator to get a flavour of Project Managment, secondly a Business Analyst in Programme Q and currently I am filling the role of  Test Analyst within our Mobile Applications team in Online. To summarise, all three of these roles have provided me with what I consider to be important for each assignment; accountability, a steep learning curve and continuous exposure to different areas in both IT and the wider business. 

What training did you receive in year 1

- Prince2
- Foundation in Business Analysis
- ISTQB – Certified Tester Foundation Level
- Various other in-house, IT-related training such as Agile Ways of Working and ARIS Business Process Modelling

What has been your highlight so far?

Although I have had some fantastic experiences across JLIT over the last year, the highlight that stands out the most actually sits outside of JLIT, which was my Pan-Partnership project. Myself and some other Graduates (from other schemes) got the opportunity to tackle a live business challenge, which was looking at how we can make the Partnership more diverse and inclusive. This gave us the opportunity to engage with many Partners across the business, as well as the time to look outside the Partnership for inspiration. Overall, given the chance to learn about D&I what a fascinating experience, which has actually inspired me to continue doing more in this space. 

What do you enjoy the most?

As an IT Graduate I tend to move into different teams frequently and as a result of this, I get to meet and work with a lot of different people. Given the opportunity to continuously make new relationships is something I tend to enjoy a lot, especially as JLIT is home to many fantastic partners who are always willing to help you and to provide opportunties to continuously learn and stretch yourself. 

What support has been provided to you?

The list is endless. I have a Graduate Buddy, a line manager and a mentor. Additionally, on each assigment you will most likely have an assignement manager as well, who are there to help you achieve your objectives you set yourself prior to starting.

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