Alice, Operations Management Graduate

The Gist Graduate and Industrial Placement schemes are designed for ambitious individuals who are serious about rapid career development.



Operations Management Graduate



"I started my journey with Gist when I joined the Operations Management Industrial Placement scheme in Thatcham. Since finishing my Business Management degree at Cardiff University, I have returned to Gist to join as an Operations Management Graduate at Hemel Maylands. My current job role is a Warehouse Team Manager.

I was unsure about what sort of role I would like to go into but knew an Operations Management placement would give me the opportunity to learn about logistics, as well as gain the confidence to manage a team of people.

During my time at Gist my people management skills have developed the most; when I first started, the idea of managing people who were older and more experienced than myself terrified me. After a lot of support from other managers, managing a warehouse of operations quickly became second nature.

Moving from Thatcham to Hemel Maylands has allowed me to experience a different contract which will set me up well for my future career, and I can't wait to work in other parts of the business.

I was surprised at how much responsibility I was given at Gist, even as a placement student. While at Thatcham, I had my own team of operatives which allowed me to develop my management style.

For anyone wanting to apply to Gist, my main tip would be to remain people-focused. Showing your interest in people and their development throughout the interview process will set you apart. Good Luck!"

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