Georgie is in her last year studying Geography at Durham university and recently secured a role at Admiral Group on their Graduate Programme. Read below to find out what she had to say about the application process and her advice for fellow Bright Network members.
What attracted you to Admiral Group and the role in particular?
Being from Cardiff, I was already aware of the fantastic reputation that Admiral has, both in terms of their business and working culture. I have watched the business expand over the years and wanted to be a part of a growing and dynamic company, and wished to contribute to its ongoing success. The Graduate programme appealed to me because it is tailored to you, and allows exposure to different departments as well as providing fantastic opportunities for career progression. Admiral’s positive vision and emphasis on employee well-being attracted me to them and the role.
What was the toughest part of the application process? And your favourite part?
I think the toughest part for me was probably the face-to-face interview, as the questions were (understandably!) quite challenging, and I was very nervous! However, this was also my favourite part of the application process as it meant that I could visit Ty Admiral and see what it was like to work there first-hand. Although it was challenging, I also enjoyed this interview as it meant I could meet and talk to my potential employers and colleagues. Everyone that I met there was incredibly friendly and helpful, which made me want to work for them even more!
Were you surprised by anything in the process?
I was surprised at how straight-forward the application process was compared to other graduate roles. There were no online tests involved, which I preferred as they can sometimes be very difficult. However, there was a written English and Maths test during the face-to-face interview, but this was manageable. I was also pleasantly surprised at how helpful Admiral were in terms of preparing you for the various stages of the application process.
What three pieces of advice would you give to fellow BN members looking to follow in your footsteps?
1. Make sure you really want the role and that you actually want to work for the company that you are applying to. If you don’t, it will show!
2. Do your research. Find out everything that you can about the role and the company that you are applying to. This will help with any unexpected questions, and will give you opportunity to give examples, such as being asked about any work that the company might do in the community. Having knowledge of the company will also allow you to ask in-depth questions during an interview and show that you are really interested in what they do.
3. Be confident and smile! Easier said than done, but feeling confident will make you come across much better in an interview.
Do you have a lucky charm or pre-interview ritual?
Not particularly, just an early night, a deep breath and a smile!