Marcia Maunsell, Sustainability Business Analyst - D&T at Diageo
Diageo understands that the transition from university to corporate life can be challenging and somewhat daunting so they have put supports in place to ensure you can flourish in your first few weeks to set you up for success- from thorough introduction sessions to regular check-ins.
Why did you choose to apply to a graduate role at Diageo?
It’s simple, Diageo is globally renowned and steeped with prestige. I wanted to be part of amazing brands that “celebrate life, every day, everywhere”. I believed that Diageo could offer me clear opportunities for career progression, networking connections, incredible mentorship and development opportunities.
The prospect of flexible work and the encouraged travel and relocation opportunities was something that distinguishes Diageo from other companies.
What do you wish you knew when you were applying to Diageo?
Firstly, I would be excited rather than nervous for the assessment centre- the early careers team are incredibly organised and the morning flies by- it turns out to be a really enjoyable day in which you get a real feel for the company and the culture.
I would also reach out to various LinkedIn connections to find out more about the programme you wish to apply for. This helps you have a clear understanding of what to expect and skills that may support your new role. Current graduates are always more than happy to connect and share their experiences.
Tell us about your experience as a graduate with Diageo? – what kind of support is offered, what is the culture like, etc.
The support that has been available to us as new graduates and employees has been unparalleled. From line managers, mentors, buddy’s, HR business partners, SteerCo (three senior D&T members who carefully curated the D&T grad scheme) and our early years HR manager, everyone cares so much about your progression.
Diageo understands that the transition from university to corporate life can be challenging and somewhat daunting so they have put supports in place to ensure you can flourish in your first few weeks to set you up for success- from thorough introduction sessions to regular check-ins. Everyone is super happy to help and answer any questions- no question, is a silly question.
Tell us about your current graduate role with Diageo? What’s the most exciting thing about it?
My current role is a Sustainability Plan Business Analyst in D&T. D&T has 4 key areas: Plan, Run, Transform and Analytics and insights. As a plan business analyst, I assist the plan team shape Diageo’s competitive advantage through digital and technology 3–5-year roadmaps while developing strategic partnerships.
Requirements gathering, innovative and critical thinking, and essential strategy are key associated capabilities and disciplines within this role. Working within the sustainability team is incredibly exciting as I get to see how Diageo is elevating in the ESG space and how we plan to achieve our 2030 goals.
Share your top 3 tips for someone looking to secure a graduate role
While your degree is incredibly important- I would say that the transferable skills you develop throughout your university degree surpass the actual modules and classes. The ability to be adaptable is key for anyone looking to secure a graduate role. Moving through rotations every 6-9 months requires resilience when facing the new role, new stakeholders and new challenges. Resilience is key for learning, development and the new sense of responsibility that is associated with your new role. Finally, self-belief goes a long way- believe in your skills and knowledge- your personality will shine through.
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