“I opened up my options and looked at graduate roles”
Company Development Programme:
Graduate Scheme, FutureLeader – Operations
What did you want to be when you grew up?
It changed every week, but I definitely didn’t think about working in insurance!
What made you decide to study Criminology at the University of Huddersfield?
When choosing my degree I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my future so I decided to study a subject that would interest me and hoped it would lead to a career that would interest me too.
Why did you choose to apply for Covéa Insurance?
When looking for jobs in my final year I didn’t see anything that appealed to me which related to my degree, so I opened up my options and looked at graduate roles. I went to a graduate jobs fair at the university and got speaking to some people from Covéa Insurance. I loved the energy and enthusiasm they had when talking about their jobs compared to other employers at the event. It sounded like a great place to work and I wanted to be a part of that. The fact they don’t focus on your degree subject, instead looking at the skills you have as an individual, meant I could apply despite having no qualifications linked to insurance.
What does your average day look like?
There’s no such thing as an average day and that’s one of the things I love about my job. As part of my graduate programme I get involved in a number of projects on top of my day job. One day I am involved in recruiting new talent to the business and the next I’m heading to our Reading office to present a proposal on improving business processes. My role really is that varied.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
From day one I have felt like I am genuinely valued. People want you to do well and you are given lots of opportunity to excel and push yourself, whilst still having support from everyone around you.
What’s your biggest achievement to date?
What piece of advice would you give to a 1st year student?
Don’t take it for granted and enjoy every minute of it, even when it gets hard. Everything you learn is preparing you for the world of employment, even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time. Those deadlines are teaching you to manage your time and that group project is teaching you the value of teamwork. You’ll be grateful for it all one day.
What would you do differently if you went back to University?
I’d have enjoyed the student lifestyle more!
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Speak another language fluently.
What would be your ultimate dream job?
I love to go on holiday so I’d love to do something where you get paid to be on holiday, like a paid travel blogger.