If you apply to be a Management Trainee on either the graduate or the internship programme, you will be told many times that ‘no two days are the same’. That’s what I kept hearing when I applied for the twelve month Management Trainee Internship.
What I’ve also learnt over the past nine months is that your career in this company is what you make it. I started my career at Enterprise whilst working part time, finishing off my 2nd year at Aston University. I was attracted to the placement scheme because of the many opportunities it offers.
I have worked in three branches across the West Midlands during my time at Enterprise, learning something new at each one. The versatile, fast-paced nature of the job means that I never find myself clock watching during the day and the role is far from the stereotypical paper-pushing office job.
You are in control of your own destiny, and you affect it by the ‘get-up-and-go’ attitude that you bring to the job. A typical day for me in the role of a Management Trainee usually includes spending the first hour of the day calling my local body shops, dealerships and corporate accounts, making sure they know my name and offering our services. A lot of my time is spent on the road visiting our local corporate accounts and building local relationships.
My next task would be to touch base with all the customers that used a vehicle on the previous day. Enterprise cherishes customer service and so ensuring that everyone is happy and comfortable in their vehicle, is a really big part of the job. You have to be a people person to fit in with Enterprise; whether you are building relationships with customers, colleagues or your assigned business accounts- you cannot shy away from talking to people.
Lunch time comes around really quickly. Quite often, I have the opportunity to go out for lunch; whether that is spending time with my mentor, Area Manager or with one of my accounts or prospect clients. The afternoon is usually spent with customers. Driving to pick them up for our ‘free pick up service’, or delivering cars out to business clients’ addresses and work premises.
One of the best things about the placement scheme is that you can really have an impact on your branch in so many different ways. Understanding the financial statement every month can allow you to develop both yourself and your business. Working within your branch and taking ownership of it means that you are in control of your own career.
6pm closing time soon comes around. You have to fit in time to work on your training portfolio throughout the day, but I usually found this best anyway, since you are always learning something new. I managed to finish the training programme in just 6 months and am now on track to gain a promotion to Assistant Manager by the time I go back to university. This is a fantastic position to be in as not too many people these days have a job to walk into after they graduate.
If you want to make an impact in a global business and you have the right skills, apply for one of our placements and reach your potential.