menu

close

close

Start your search

How to Secure a Place on a Graduate Programme

Before applying: 

  • Get involved in things in and outside of University. Join a society, a club, volunteer, or gain work experience where and when you can. This will help you stand out and give an insight into your personality and skills. 
  • Update your CV. Make sure you highlight relevant experiences and skills, and don’t forget to include all your qualifications. For CV tips, check out our 7 Tips for CV Success.
  • Research different roles and different companies and find the one for you. We want to know why you’re choosing our grad programme and our business, so you must know your stuff.

 
Submitting a written application form:

  • Write your answers in Microsoft Word first, proofread and spell check everything before you submit it.
  • Read each question thoroughly, be concise and structure your answers.
  • If you’re asked to give an example, try applying a method like STAR (situation, task, action, result).

 
Interviews:

  • Practice and prepare. Think about what you may be asked (interviewers will nearly always ask you a range of behaviour and competency questions), so prepare some good examples that cover a range of topics.
  • Know your strengths and weaknesses and be honest. We want to know what you’re good at but we also want to see that you can recognise your weaknesses and know when you need to ask for support from your team.
  • If you have some work experience, be sure to know exactly what that has taught you and what skills you’ve gained from it.
  • Try not to let your nerves get the better of you. Don’t be afraid to ask for a minute before approaching an answer, particularly if it’s a business scenario or problem-solving question. Interviewers want to see how you approach and think through your answer.
  • Lastly, and most importantly, be yourself and let your personality shine through! We want to get to know YOU.

You can read more about our Graduate Schemes here.


Our Programme will open this Autumn.

posts

Admiral Life

Meet Bethan – Internal Consultant and Admiral Graduate Alumni

** DEFAULT postresults.teaserlabel - en-GB **

Graduates and Students

** DEFAULT postresults.contenttypelabel - en-GB **

Blog

** DEFAULT postresults.publishdate - en-GB **

04/12/2020

** DEFAULT postresults.summarylabel - en-GB **

Bethan started on the General Graduate Programme in February 2018 and has since taken up her permanent role in Internal Consultancy.  What skills from your degree have helped you succeed at Admiral? I studied Business Management at Cardiff University and specialised in Marketing. The degree gave me a good foundation in business, whilst also building on softer skills, such as presenting and teamwork. Following university, I worked at a start-up printing company in Nottinghamshire as their Sales and Marketing Manager. This helped me understand more about how businesses work in practice and developed my interpersonal skills before joining Admiral. Why did you choose the Admiral Graduate Programme? I had heard so many great things about Admiral as an employer from university and people I knew. Like many people, the rotational aspect appealed to me as well because it seemed like an opportunity to grow my skills and learn about different parts of a large organization. Tell us about your placements during the Graduate Programme?  My first placement was in the Product and Marketing team in AFSL (Admiral Financial Services Limited) followed by a shorter stint in Commercial. During this time in AFSL, my responsibilities included optimising web journeys and meeting with partners. Following AFSL, I spent my second placement in the Household Product Team looking after InstaQuote. During this time, I focused on improving the online journey, as well as working closely with Operations, Underwriting and Pricing to improve the product’s performance. For my final placement, I took all of the knowledge from Household in the UK and moved to Paris. For almost 10 months, I worked for L’olivier on the launch of home insurance in France. This involved lots of project management and product ownership. What was your favourite part of working abroad? Doing a placement abroad really pushes you out of your comfort zone. I was moving to a new country, where I couldn’t speak the language, and into an IT role, which was also brand new to me.Whilst it wasn’t a holiday, I was still able to soak up Paris - I mean come on, you’re in Paris, you know? L’Olivier also have a contact centre in Lille, which I got to visit a few times as well as our European IT hub in Seville. What tip would you give to someone considering a placement abroad? Like I said, it isn’t a holiday because you are there to work, so just make sure that you’re doing it for the right reasons and really up for trying something new. I also think you have to being willing to make the extra effort. The L’Olivier office is a lot smaller than Ty Admiral - there’s only 50 people or so there - so it’s beneficial to make the extra effort with your colleagues. Also you’re only in that place for a certain length of time, so make sure that you get out and explore when you can! I also think that learning the language basics before you go on your placement will help. I can still read French in emails and my colleagues’ social media!What is your best memory from your time on the graduate scheme? My favourite memory is probably the first few weeks in induction.  There’s just nothing like it, you become so close with your cohort and it’s just so much fun. I’m still in touch with people I started with. My other favourite memory is the day that I boarded the plane to Paris for my final placement, it was just such an exciting day. What was your greatest achievement while you were on the programme? I think my greatest achievement would have to be seeing the first sale of home insurance in L’Olivier go through. It was rewarding to see where all my hard efforts had gone. Tell us about your current role. I am now an Internal Consultant. I get to work with various departments across Admiral to help them with business issues they are facing and align it with Admiral’s strategy. I find it very interesting as I am continuously learning about new areas of the business and researching solutions to their problems. What does your day-to-day look like? My day completely varies depending on the project and business needs. I could be doing anything from meeting with stakeholders, researching, creating presentations, finalising projects to smaller side pieces of work. Each large project varies in length, but they tend to be 3 to 6 months. I usually work on 2 projects at a time, so this job has really helped me hone my time management skills. Did you expect to take this career path? I never expected a career in consultancy, but I can see how the Graduate Programme lead me here. You work across such a range of areas and change every 6 months. You are constantly learning, then moving again - you have to become comfortable with being uncomfortable. Also, because of my time on the programme, I am able to relate back and have a bank of knowledge that I wouldn’t have gained any other way. . What do you enjoy most about working at Admiral? There are three things that I really enjoy about working at Admiral. Firstly, the size of the business, since moving from a printing start-up to a big business it has emphasised the scale of Admiral to me. Admiral is so big that you just find it very hard to know it inside-out and that is something I really love. The second thing is the people I work with, everyone at Admiral is so open-minded and willing to listen to eachothers’ ideas, thoughts and opinions. Then, the final point, which sounds cliché and overlaps a bit with the last point, is the culture at Admiral. The culture is so rare but everyone is so friendly, there’s emphasis placed on work-life balance and the benefits are good as well. There’s a focus on self-development through things like the Buy A Book Scheme and Admiral Academy. What advice would you give someone thinking about applying? I think it really is as simple as just be yourself.

** DEFAULT postresults.teaserlabel - en-GB **

Read on
Emily  Bonney

by

Emily Bonney

Emily  Bonney

by

Emily Bonney

How to: Answer frequently asked interview questions.

** DEFAULT postresults.teaserlabel - en-GB **

General

** DEFAULT postresults.contenttypelabel - en-GB **

Blog

** DEFAULT postresults.publishdate - en-GB **

13/11/2020

** DEFAULT postresults.summarylabel - en-GB **

"Tell us about yourself." Explain your previous roles, education, hobbies and interests and don’t forget to expand.  We want to know what these experiences have taught you. Elaborate on how you can use what you’ve learnt in the working environment. Be mindful not to overshare and keep it professional. "What are your weaknesses?"Pick a weakness relevant to the role you have applied for. Make sure to explain what you have done / are doing to improve in this area. Some people think picking a strength and spinning it to seem like a weakness will come across better, but it doesn’t feel honest and can insinuate you are not self-aware. It’s ok to be honest – none of us are the finished article. "What are your strengths?"Pick strengths that are relevant to the role and provide examples to support your answer.  Read the job advert beforehand and familiarise yourself with essential and desirable skills – this will help to ensure you’re showcasing the skills the recruiter is looking for. "What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?"If the interviewers don’t specifically ask for a ‘professional’ example, it’s OK to draw from personal experience, however, you should always make sure you’re able to relate it back to the role you are applying for.  The main thing to cover is why you are proud of this achievement, what it taught you and how it has prepared you for this role.  "Why do you want this job?"Show off your knowledge! The interviewer will want to know you’ve researched this role and the company.  You should know a fair bit about the role you’ve applied for – read the job advert, visit the career site and follow the company pages on social media platforms.  Explain what attracted you to this position.  You may wish to talk about the company benefits, the working environment, the opportunities and why you think you’ll be successful. "Where do you see yourself in five years?"Be honest and be realistic. If you want to progress that’s great, but suggesting you want to be the CEO within a few years might be unrealistic.  Think about the opportunities available to you in this role, not only will this show you’ve done your research, but it will also show that you are willing to work hard and are keen to progress.  If progression is not for you, that’s also fine.  You should explain how you plan to continue to do a great job and all the skills you have that will enable you to this. "Why do you want to leave your current job?"Be honest and be professional.  Be diplomatic in your answer and don’t forget you’re in an interview.  You may want to use this question as an opportunity to talk about the new role and why you are excited about the prospect of joining this company. "Why should we hire you?"This is your chance to set yourself apart from other applicants.   It’s tough to compare yourself to strangers but use this opportunity to talk about your strong work ethic, relevant skills and passion for the role.  Expand upon your answer and provide examples – this is usually one of the last questions in an interview and you don’t want to miss out on this last chance to impress the interviewers. "Do you have any questions?"Lots of people think they must ask a question at the end of an interview, but if the interviewers have been comprehensive in their explanation, then you might not have questions.  This is fine - don’t feel like you must think of something, but equally, make the most of this opportunity to discuss anything you’re unsure about. Here’s some of the questions we regularly get asked at the end of an interview:What do you like most about working for *insert company name here*?Would you like me to expand upon any of my answers or examples?Are there opportunities for training and development in this role/department?What would you say are the most challenging aspects of this role?What are the next steps of the process?

** DEFAULT postresults.teaserlabel - en-GB **

Read on
Kyle Meacock

by

Kyle Meacock

Kyle Meacock

by

Kyle Meacock

jobs

Related jobs

We are sorry but do not currently have any roles in this area. View all jobs