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My name is Michael Conway and I am currently on the Graduate Programme with Tesco Ireland. I graduated from UCC with a Bachelor of Commerce degree where I majored in management studies. It was always my intention to enter the world of retail but I did not know which area specifically I wanted to focus on. The Tesco Ireland Graduate programme was the perfect opportunity for me to get a taste of all things retail while also developing my leadership skills and focusing on my personal and professional goals.

The programme takes an integrated approach where graduates spend time on placement in store and in the head office. This I found particularly good as the knowledge of the business that we built up on the ground really stood to us when we moved into head office.

I am now on placement in the Commercial finance department. I work closely with the buying team and have spent some time working on various projects for different parts of the business like the petrol filling stations and pharmacies. I am looking forward to my next placement and seeing where the programme takes me in my future career with Tesco.

I would recommend the programme to anyone looking to get a rounded view of the retail world while building on their leadership skills and personal development.