Your first day at BT: My first day at BT was a rollercoaster of emotions, but excitement definitely took over the nervousness once I arrived in Adastral Park. Looking back on it, the grad induction was a real reflection of what life is like at BT – exciting, supportive and challenging. It’s easy to feel lost as a graduate when you’re joining such a big company, but it didn’t feel like that for my first day at BT, I really felt like our development was supported and we were encouraged to hit the ground running.
Your first year at BT: My favourite thing about working for BT is the amount of responsibility and ownership you get. Over the course of one year, I’ve developed some really key skills and built a portfolio of achievements, thanks to the work I’ve been given and being able to take real responsibility for it. I feel like I’ve got a supportive network around me, which I can draw on to help with projects but also with my development and coaching me to help me grow.
How I got here: You wouldn’t think it based on the position I’m in now, but I actually studied Journalism for my BA degree. I think this was actually really beneficial for my job now, as it built my confidence and helped me communicate concisely and clearly – which is really important when you’re working with groups of stakeholders from different areas of the business. I applied for the Business Management Graduate Scheme and was placed in Procurement, and I couldn’t be happier with where I’ve ended up. Not only do you learn how to negotiate, create contracts and evaluate suppliers, you learn how BT functions as a whole and that’s an invaluable thing to learn as a graduate.