Could you provide us with a brief summary of how you became interested in a career with Enterprise Rent-A-Car (ERAC)?
Enterprise has a big focus on employee development. I researched their training programme, which is one of the fastest routes to management around. The ‘work hard reward hard’ ethos also appealed – there’s a brilliant, friendly atmosphere, while fostering healthy competition. You are given the same responsibility as a graduate, which provides a fantastic insight into working life after university.
How did your degree contribute to you getting the place on the ERAC programme, what was the selection process?
The selection and interview process was informative and well organised with feedback throughout. There are five stages: online application, telephone interview, meet the recruiter, branch visit and assessment centre. Each stage prepares you for the next. The talent acquisition team at Enterprise is there to help and guide you through the process too, which allows candidates to feel relaxed.
What's been one of the biggest challenges of coming through the ERAC graduate programme and what did it teach you about yourself?
My biggest challenge was adjusting from my university lifestyle to a working lifestyle. I worked at Enterprise’s flagship store at Heathrow Airport which involves shift work and early starts! You never know what will happen at any given moment so you have to be adaptable and find solutions to all situations.
What advice would you have for other students and graduates seeking to pursue a similar career path?
Enjoy working with customers. My advice during the interview process would be to do as much research as possible and to reach out to people who are currently working at Enterprise. LinkedIn is a great way to find people and follow them on twitter, as you get some fantastic employability advice.
How do you hope to see your career developing over the next few years with ERAC?
Enterprise is a company that promotes from within, there is a path built for your development and as long as you are willing to work hard, there are no limitations on how quickly you can progress. I have already been offered a job when I graduate next year which allows me to focus on my final year of university.