Graduate Tulsi works in Project Management within Business Transformation.
From University to Nationwide's graduate scheme
It’s been two years since I joined Nationwide as part of the graduate scheme, and how time’s flown! Back in September 2014, I had just graduated from university after studying Geography at University College, London and was about to start my first placement. Now, in September 2016 I am working within the Project Management Practice in Business Transformation, within the Digital Channels, Operations and Customer Insight portfolio.
Why choose Nationwide's Graduate Scheme?
I was attracted to the ability to rotate around different areas and gain a broad understanding of the business in a relatively short period of time. I think what stands Nationwide out from other organisations is their flexibility and opportunities you’re given to influence your placements. They take into consideration your interests and skill-set to help shape your career.
Graduate placements at Nationwide
Initially, I joined on the Customer Services & Operations graduate scheme and had a number of different placements. They were linked together by an underlying interest in digital transformation and improving customer experience.
“ With support from my graduate peers, my various managers and my sponsors, I slowly began to identify where I’d like to take my career and gained a breadth of experience to enable me to pursue this. ”
Right now is a great time to join Business Transformation, as our Divisional Director Martin Boyle is on the Executive Board and we’re now co-located in a new building.
There’s a greater focus on what we do here and it’s the perfect opportunity to make a name for yourself and contribute to our growth as a division.
The Nationwide difference
I’ve really enjoyed working with a wide array of people, each at different stages of their careers with different ambitions and ways of working. I’ve learnt a huge amount simply from observing those around me, and I feel lucky to have met some wonderful people along the way who have a genuine interest in helping me develop further.
“ A lot of people say it, but what’s really struck me is how much time people at Nationwide will make for you – whether that’s for a chat or to help you with a problem. ”
Opportunities outside of the graduate scheme
I got involved in numerous activities outside of my placements that I worked on in parallel; I’m heavily involved with Nationwide’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion agenda and I now co-chair the Disability Network too.
It’s an exciting space and one that I was able to take the time to get involved with. I’d encourage other graduates to look around for opportunities that interest you outside of your placement – you can learn a lot from these experiences too.
Advice to anyone applying for a graduate scheme
Starting somewhere new can be daunting. But it's is a great opportunity to kick-start your career so make the most of it; take the time to understand the different divisions, speak to your colleagues about their career experiences and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
The more pro-active you are with your development, the more you’ll get out of this scheme. So… good luck!
For more information and to apply now, see the Business Transformation Development Programme,