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Louise shares the moments she’s most proud of during her short career here!

Louise began her career, as many of us do, in the call centre. In November 2015, she joined us a New Business call handler, which was her first job after graduating.

‘‘I’d heard that Admiral was a good place to work, so decided it’d be a good place to do 6-months to tied me over before going travelling.’’

‘’I enjoyed working and making money so much that after 6 months I decided that I’d stay and continuing working for Admiral.’’

After 9 months as a New Business call handler, I applied, and was successful in securing the Product Assistant role on the new CAT (car access) team, and whilst on the team I was offered to work on the rebrand of Admiral Learner Driver and Car Sharing Insurance (now Veygo). The team was such a small team that I got to be involved in a bit of everything; operations, marketing, product development, which was fantastic. The team kept growing and growing and it was lovely to watch become the success it is today.

''Around the time that we were about to launch the newly rebranded Veygo, my deferred placement on the grad scheme was approaching. It was difficult decision to make as we’d no idea if Veygo was going to be a success or not, so my decision to not go on the grad scheme was a risky one.

''I realised that I already had a lot of the experiences that I would’ve gained through completing the grad scheme such as marketing, operations and product development. One of the main issues holding me back was the valuable training that the grad scheme offers that I’d be missing out on.

''Talking through this with my manager, they offered to put me through the CIM Certificate which was great.

''There have been opportunities after opportunities at Admiral. This July my role on the Veygo team has changed slightly in that I’m now a Business Development Executive and am training in, product development and learning how to code.''

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How to: Answer frequently asked interview questions.

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"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?

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Veygo careers: Simon's story

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Prior to working at Veygo Simon worked at a mobile network called Giffgaff, based in West London.  His primary role was running the handset financing operation and he was also responsible for FCA governance and was involved in new financial services products such as open banking. Simon also had experience consulting various companies around new business ideas, and worked for lenders and insurers in various roles (starting in sales!!) over the past 20 years.  What is your role within Veygo? I am currently Principal Product Manager for Veygo with responsibility for the Veygo Rentals product. This requires management of the product, setting the longer term strategic vision and roadmap, and dealing with issues as they arise. How did you get into your role and how does it differ from anything you’ve done before? I was working in London and had been for over 5 years but I was looking to return to Cardiff. I was very clear about the role, and more importantly the type of company that I wanted to join. I wanted that start-up feel, where experimentation was encouraged and that you would be part of something that was pushing the way in which a product or service developed. I saw the job advert on LinkedIn and was immediately taken with the vision of what Veygo was and where it wanted to go. It is very different from the more corporate roles that I have previously done, which for me is a good thing. What is your favourite thing about working in Veygo? It sounds cliché but the people I work with are the favourite part of my role, I work with talented, intelligent people that push and challenge and are excited to be building a product that is different and is well-liked by our customers.  What would your advice be for anyone thinking of joining Veygo? If you can talk to prospective managers before any formal interviews, do it - I helps you get a really clear idea of the culture of the business. There is no one size fits all here!! 

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