The graduate programme has great variety, with a rotation around many different departments with the emphasis being on how each one connects with another. I am confident that this approach will provide me with a firm understanding of both the business and the wider Electronics Manufacturing industry. I’m also looking forward to learn more on the commercial side of the business which will help me settle into my future role as an Account Manager.
Having studied History at the University of Leicester I was initially concerned that I had no electronics or electrical experience or may not have the background in business that would be necessary for me to be effective in my role. However it became apparent during the interview process that this would not be an issue and the prospect of gaining a postgraduate qualification during my training in Leadership and Management was of great appeal.
The balance between on-the-job training and academic learning is a good blend and mentors (previous graduates that have successfully completed the scheme before) have been assigned and readily available to help answer any concerns I have.
I like how we get to move around the departments in a logical way. So far I’ve seen how the electronic and electrical components are received into our logistics department and have been involved with production. I have also recently travelled to our manufacturing facility based in Chomutov in the Czech Republic which was a great experience for me.
Being given the opportunity to work on the production line for a brand new product range has personally been the most enjoyable part so far. This was a great way for me to get to know colleagues, work alongside them to meet targets and it also provided a valuable insight into how build progress or issues are communicated effectively.
Once we have completed a section we are asked to present our findings to a small team to clarify what we have learnt. These presentations also provide a great forum for feedback and allow me an opportunity to suggest ideas and possible improvements – both to the graduate scheme or a particular process.