Meet Busola, a Graduate at M&S

“I like seeing the bigger picture, understanding how everything works, and then finding ways to improve it. What I really appreciate about the M&S graduate scheme is that I get to learn something new, become the expert in it, and then build on that knowledge in the next challenge – like looking at how we can grow our Foods business.”

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Busola Egunnike

Marks & Spencer

My role in Foods is all about how I can make projects run better. I like seeing the bigger picture, understanding how everything works, and seeing how we can improve it. But I also like to be involved in implementing solutions, reaching out to stakeholders, and acting as a subject matter expert. What I really appreciate about the M&S graduate scheme is that I get to learn something new, become the expert in it, and then build on that knowledge in the next challenge.

Before joining M&S, I saw it as this cool graduate opportunity that not many employers were offering, but I was scared as I wasn’t sure what the office culture and environment would be like. When I got here though, everyone was so friendly and welcoming as soon as I walked into the building, and I had nothing to worry about!

It’s definitely more relaxed and less corporate compared to some of the places my friends work. That doesn’t mean that people don’t work hard though – everyone’s determined to meet their goals, strategic priorities, and deadlines, but you also have the time to focus on your personal and career development.

I feel like in some careers it’s always go, go, go and you don’t get time to reflect or, in other places, it’s just too slow. I like that you can find your perfect balance here. And there are times where you can really step out and make sure you’re looking after yourself, whether that’s through flexible working, or going to the different talks and wellbeing events that we hold.

You manage your own time – you get to decide when you’re going to watch a talk and what training you want to take up. You’re trusted to take control of your career development and your work, which I really appreciate. As a grad so new into your career, you might not be as trusted in other businesses, but here I’ve had projects to spearhead, and you get a real sense of ownership and responsibility.

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