Name: Katie Mahony
Graduate Programme Stream: Finance and Accounting
Hobbies: Horse riding
You see and hear lots about employers at graduate fairs but I relied on word of mouth. Hearing things from people who have already been there is a really powerful way of getting under an organisation’s skin. I wanted to learn about the whole business and I certainly got that. Operational training gives you a hugely valuable insight that you can then bring back to Head Office.
I was looking for career progression so I wanted a growing business where I could see a long-term future. I also wanted diverse and challenging work, early responsibility, an open culture and to know that I would find the work interesting. Everybody I did my Masters with went to work in investment banks or accountancy firms but I did my thesis on grocery retail and have loved every minute here. I know I made the right choice.
The support across the whole team has been something I did not expect. I work with some very influential people and have bags of opportunity and responsibility. Before starting, I would have wrongly claimed to be ‘proficient in Excel’, however, I soon learnt that that was a gross exaggeration. My manager gave me reading material, set up meetings and enrolled me in Excel classes which meant after a month I was creating my own tools. The training is incredible.
The time is flying and I’m learning so much. Choosing Lidl is the best decision you will make.