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Bobby Hare – Marketing Executive
I graduated from Cardiff University with an undergraduate Politics degree in 2009, and the following year I got a Masters in Marketing Management from Aston University. It’s fair to say that I applied to GeoPost UK with a certain perception of what the company (and industry) would be like. It’s safe to say that my original ideas were way off the mark!
Working in Marketing for the past two years has been a great experience, and I’ve been given proper, hands-on exposure to a various areas of activity despite my inexperience. What’s good is that there is genuine scope for personal development; I’m an infinitely more skilled individual than I was when I arrived as a wet behind the ears graduate! There’s a real feeling here that if you’re good enough, you’re old enough.
The best thing about this business is the streak of innovativeness that runs throughout it, as well as the willingness of senior people to give time and attention to your ideas. It’s this approach that is keeping us so successful during a period when the economy is creating problems for other businesses.
A good example of how quickly the business moves – and how flexible we subsequently need to be – is the growth of Social Media. When I first came into the business, things like Facebook and Twitter weren’t widely used as channels for stakeholder communication. Now, it’s massively integral to what we do and absolutely vital to the way we publicly project ourselves.
Although I work in Marketing, I have had real exposure to the activity of other departments in the business. Despite the fact that we all have our specific objectives, there’s a real sense that we’re all pulling in the same direction, and we all have a common objective – to be the best.
Chris Meir – Regional Manager
I did a degree in Three Dimensional Design at The University of Northumbria and graduated in 1997.I had started off in business by designing and making furniture, however I soon realised that although I enjoyed the craft, I spent a lot of time working in isolation. I wanted to work in a fast-paced business where there was a lot of interaction with other people.
The things that attracted me to GeoPost UK were the fast pace and variety involved in logistics management. I have worked as a Shift Manager, Operations Manager, Depot Manager, National Operations Manager and General Manager. I am now of course a Regional Manager.
I have worked in most of the 41 depots in the DPD network at one time or another, which really underscores the variety that this company gives you! I have also been involved in many major projects in the business, which has helped to give me a wide range of experiences.
Although my degree was not related in any way to the business, my degree has helped me have a wider view of my roles, see the bigger picture and be more innovative than some of my contemporaries. The moral of the tale is that you don’t have to have studied logistics to work in it!
Lydia Millington – Research Executive
Studying Marketing Management at Coventry University’s Business School was a fantastic experience and the hard work paid off when I gained myself a first grade BA Honours degree at the end of my studies. Whilst studying my degree, I became particularly fond of Market Research. Having become aware that this was one of my strengths, I began the search for a job within this sector once I graduated.
Noticing the considerable number of graduate jobs being advertised on the Grad Central job site, I immediately signed up with them. With the help and support of the Grad Central team, I successfully applied for the position of a ‘Research Executive’ with GeoPost UK, a leading company within the express parcel delivery industry.
My job role is highly varied and presents me with daily challenges which I thrive upon. Some of my main responsibilities include gathering market/competitor intelligence, which helps the company make important business decisions. I regularly design and program surveys, which are subsequently analysed with a view to producing tangible business insights.
This role has allowed me to learn new skills and introduced me to lots of new software programmes concerning data capture and analysis. A particularly interesting part of my job is analysing our social media, and subsequently identifying trends to show the development of our brand reputation.
GeoPost UK has recently introduced a graduate scheme which I am now part of. The graduate scheme has allowed me to meet key members of the company, learn more about each of the departments within the business and also to network with other graduates. There is real scope for personal development at this business.
GeoPost UK is a friendly and supportive organisation, and I am fortunate enough to work with a great team of who make my work life very enjoyable on a daily basis.