I am now coming up to one year at Motability Operations having graduated from university in July. Coming from a business background, one of the most appealing factors to joining the scheme was to put my knowledge into practice and engage in an 18 month rotational programme. This opportunity allows me to experience different areas of the business and develop different skillsets which is invaluable to future progression.
When I arrived in October, we were thrown straight into an intensive induction period which consisted of shadowing different departments within the business over a five week period. Each department gave us a detailed overview of how they operate, along with opportunities to get involved in some real time projects. This was beneficial as it not only allowed us to see how MO function on a wider scale, but gave us an idea about which department may be of interest for future placements. MO also provides both training both on and off the job training, which has provided me with opportunities to engage in plenty of workshops from improving presentation skills to being a disability confident employee.
Having only worked here for a short amount of time it is clear to see the immense value put on employees within the business, with endless opportunities and support given to you from the start. Graduates are each assigned a Sponsor (Director), a Mentor (Head of Function) and Buddy (previous graduate) who are there to guide you through your time at the company and address any concerns you may have. This exposure has been pivotal to my success so far on the programme.
In terms of roles and experience, my first 6 months were spent within the Asset Risk and Pricing team. As a Vehicle Risk Analyst, the roles’ main focus was to accurately forecast the residual value of our vehicles at the end of the 3 year lease. Overlaying this, the role has had a specific focus on analysing our “policy” – or the factors affecting the car industry – such as the demonisation of diesel and driverless cars. Personally, I have found this particularly interesting as it has given me a wider insight into the current and future impacts to the industry. Combining the two, the role has allowed me to develop personally and professionally, from learning skills in Excel to delivering numerous presentations to senior managers.
I am currently in my second placement working as a Digital Marketing Executive within Vehicle Remarketing. As well as BAU, I am currently leading three projects to help increase the efficiency of the departments’ systems and processes. For each project I manage the governance and risk, coordinate third-parties and organise showcases/demos for relevant teams. I also recognise the importance of keeping management, business risk and audit constantly updated around the status of each project, therefore I give frequent updates and presentations to key stakeholders around the business.
MO’s graduate scheme and the rotational programme has been invaluable thus far in terms of my progression. At first, I entered the graduate scheme as bit of a generalist, not knowing what area of the business that I wanted to go into. Having gained and developed a number of transferable skills – as well as being pushed out of my comfort zone – I am beginning to realise the areas and skillsets I would like to develop going forward and what area of the business I would like to eventually end up in.