Time at Kuehne + Nagel: 3 Years
Hobbies: Running, swimming and travel
Fun Fact: I have flown 360 degrees around the world
Why did you choose the Kuehne + Nagel IT Graduate programme?
I had previously worked for Kuehne + Nagel as an apprentice before deciding to return to education and study for my degree. It was a logical choice for me to apply for the graduate programme after I finished my degree – I knew from experience that the trainee programmes offered great development and career opportunities that would allow me to pursue my passion to work in IT.
I also knew that I didn’t want a purely technical role and instead to work directly with the internal customers to develop the best IT solutions for their requirements. The programme offers exactly that and I really enjoyed the exposure I got to the wider business and customer sites.
What’s been your greatest achievement?
Whilst I have achieved a lot on the various projects I have worked on, I feel my biggest achievement has been to identify and promote new ways of working in the department with fresh ideas and a different perspective. Through this I have carved out a reputation for innovation amongst my colleagues.
Where are you now and what does a typical week include?
I am now an Implementation Analyst within the IT Solutions team, specifically supporting projects and IT implementations across our Contract Logistics business. A typical week can include going to a customer site to gather requirements, configuring a system, performing testing and managing other work streams and tasks for the various projects.
What advice would you give to future graduates?
You need to be open to travel and staying away from home. My office base was in Milton Keynes but I spent most of my programme working on projects in Bicester and Telford as part of a huge new business contract implementation we had recently won at the time. I loved it because I got to get out of the office, visit different cities, meet new people and learn about different areas of our business. The role truly can be a national role.