Tell us why you chose the Musgrave Graduate Programme

I chose the Musgrave Graduate Programme as I was looking for a role in retail as I loved working in my local SuperValu while at school. I wanted to work in an environment that was constantly evolving and innovative. I also wanted a graduate role that was going to allow me to develop personally while fulfilling a valued role in an organisation. The Musgrave Graduate Programme definitely succeeds in providing me a platform to do this.

So what do you do in your role?

My role revolves around all key operations in store. This includes everything from driving sales and margin, reporting on key performance indicators, recruitment, training and implementing and ensuring compliance with standard operating processes around cash, security and the Post Office. I have also played a role in implementing a live stocks system which aims to reduce unknown shrink in stores.

On top of this, there is so much to be involved in from a social perspective, I have taken part in a number of Centra “Run Together” events across Northern Ireland, completing my first ever 5K run alongside colleagues and friends. I was also part of the Musgrave team who took part in Belfast Marathon events in aid of Action Cancer.

What’s the best aspect of the Programme for you?

I started the graduate programme in September 2016 and have already gained substantial exposure to many areas of the business. You are given responsibility from early on and constantly encouraged to direct your own path within your role.

What has been your greatest achievement so far?

The graduate programme has really allowed me to go beyond my comfort zone and improve my confidence. Covering for a store manager less than a month in to the programme as a graduate was a pretty big thing!

What is your rotation like?

As I spend a lot of time going between different stores I have been able to work with people from different backgrounds and roles. This has allowed me to observe various approaches to people and project management to build and base my own personal management style on.

What about the Irish Management Institute (IMI) development programme?

The IMI is a great opportunity to look at yourself and how you approach and react to different situations. The learnings which I have taken back to my day to day role from the IMI have been really beneficial in shaping me and my interactions with others and tasks.

What advice would you give a graduate joining the Musgrave Programme?

I would encourage other graduates to get involved in all that they can. I believe you are ultimately in control of how much you get out of a situation. The more effort you put in to gaining experience and building links with people the more knowledge and development you will gain.

Why should people choose Musgrave?

With the Musgrave graduate programme you aren’t just there to do a job or fill a role, your development matters and is always considered in anything in which you are asked to be involved. Musgrave stay true to their values and supporting the local communities in which they operate which is a great culture to be a part of.