As a student searching for internships the things that mattered to me were quite straightforward: where could I be based, how much would I get paid, and most importantly, what would I be doing on a daily basis.
However, Enterprise has taught me that the daily tasks you’ll be completing and where you’re living are not nearly as important as the type of company you’re working for, what the people are like and whether you’re actually going to enjoy working for that company. To illustrate this, the following 10 points are what I have learnt during my time with Enterprise.
There is so much more to Enterprise than renting cars
Enterprise employees will tell you this all the time, but it wasn’t until I got here that I realised it was true. In fact, in my first 4 weeks I almost forgot I was working for a car rental company! There are so many different areas of the business to get involved with, and while rental is a part of most of them, very few of them are focussed solely on car rental.
They live by their values and mission statement, at all levels of the company
Ask any employee what affects the way they make their decisions and they tell you – we first ask is it right for our customers, for our employees? Then we assess whether it makes financial sense and how it can grow the business. If we take care of the first part, the second part takes care of itself.
You’ll be asked for your contribution and opinion from day one
You won’t be expected to know the right answer, but you will be expected to give an answer, and demonstrate your ability to learn. Making mistakes is a key part of development, and while we all make them. What is important is that we make mistakes early on, and learn from them.. Your contribution is valued, and will be taken on board by everyone from a fellow intern to senior management.
Asking questions is really important
As well as answering questions, you shouldn’t be afraid to ask them. It shows that you want to learn and develop. 99% of Enterprise employees started as Management Trainees, so you won’t find anyone looking down at you.
They want you to succeed
Enterprise is going places and it wants you to, too. They want you to get as much as you can out of your career, and will help you to get it through training, mentoring, support, and providing new and exciting opportunities every day. When you come back as a Management Trainee after an internship you’ll pick up where you left off – Enterprise won’t ask you to redo training you did on your internship, meaning you’re able to progress even quicker.
About everything from expectations to work to themselves. Enterprise is a company where what you see is what you get. And that’s really refreshing.
The more you put into your work the more return you get. Think of it like compound interest instead of a flat rate – the more you go over and above, the more you’ll get back.
There is no such thing as a set career path
Most people I spoke to didn’t start out in the department they’re currently in. The beauty of the Enterprise training scheme is that it gives you experience in all areas of running a business and so a chance to ‘try before you buy’, whether it be rental, HR, insurance or any other part of the company you can think of.
It will set you up to be a success in whichever area you choose, but additionally, once you get there, gives you the basic training allowing you to change and move into a completely different department if you wanted to. This is perfect for someone like me, who knows they want a career in business, but isn’t sure what area.
It’s a big company, with a family feel
In many companies you can feel like a very small fish in a big pond, as it can be hard to see how what you’re doing is having an impact on the business. Not at Enterprise. You’re given the chance to make a change, and you’ll see how what you’re doing affects your branch, region, country, and the business overall.
It’s this understanding of the bigger picture that engages Enterprise employees at all levels, and helps them to see where and how they can do things differently.
I really have no idea how everyone in the office takes their coffee
Interns don’t make the coffee and tea here. Enterprise knows that the more you allow employees to get involved, the more chances they get to surprise you and do something truly amazing.
My internship helped me to find out what Enterprise offered and that the graduate management trainee scheme was right for me. If you’re thinking about what you’ll do after graduation, then check out the internship scheme and apply for opportunities around the UK today.