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Edd Bower

There were many reasons why I applied for the graduate scheme with The Co-operative, I can’t simply pick one. Unlike other graduate schemes we don’t get pigeon holed into a specific business function. What’s more, we have the opportunity to work in completely different businesses, from Pharmacy to Travel to Legal Services.

I wanted to work in a business with strong moral beliefs and ethical standards and The Co-operative had all this. Alongside this, I would even get to give something back. To date I have had the chance to get involved in numerous activities from helping with graduate events to volunteering at a local school.

The emphasis on our development as future leaders really is second to none. A graduate buddy, a personal coach, regular management skills training and a personal development budget are just some of the benefits of the scheme.

Straight from the word go we were given great opportunities and exposure. After just 2 weeks I was presenting in the Board Room to over 50 senior managers!

Soon after this I started my first 4 month project in Group Marketing. It’s hard to believe that in this time I worked on the re-launch of a new website, developed a new membership magazine and created an employee engagement campaign to be used across the whole business!

With my current project I’m now working in Funeralcare Marketing and it is certainly an entirely different experience. I’m rolling out a training package to develop unique online content to all our private name branches and managing the creation of three websites.

Both these projects have given me invaluable experience and I certainly feel I have developed a great deal. It’s hard to believe how quickly time flies working here!

I highly recommend The Co-operative graduate scheme for anyone who wants the diversity of experience, excellent opportunities and responsibility. Coupled with a business unlike any other I believe there is no other graduate scheme that can compare.