Harry Coates (97-08) is a manufacturing and engineering graduate working for Mondelez in Banbury, Oxfordshire. He was recently featured in the business section of the Daily Mail (17 October 2013). Here’s what he had to say:
“I chose a graduate scheme in the food industry as I knew I would be creating products that could go from idea to shelf in a matter of months.”
He did an internship with Kraft Foods (now Mondelez International) as part of his university course.
“I got an insight into the processes involved in ensuring the products made it to the shelf, from the amount of raw produce needed for coffee production, packing in jars and distribution to supermarkets. “That cemented my decision to go into food manufacture, so I applied for the Mondelez graduate programme.” says Harry.
Almost half of employers plan to offer more roles to graduates over the next year, according to research by Allianz Insurance, so undergraduates who want to get on to a graduate scheme should start researching now.
You’ll need more than a good degree as competition is fierce. Recent research showed 39 per cent of bosses felt many graduates failed to get jobs because they had no practical experience.
At O2, which has 60 places on its two-year 2014 graduate programme, HR director, Ann Pickering says: “Candidates need a 2:1 degree in any subjects but in order to stand out from the crowd should show passion, ideas and enthusiasm.”
University careers offices offer information about graduate jobs, help with CV writing, interview skills, finding work experience and internships. Even the start of your first term is not too soon to consult them.
To hear more from Harry about working at Mondelez click here: http://bit.ly/18htmfg