menu

close

close

Start your search

Graduate careers: Omar's story

Meet Omar who started on our Analysts Graduate Programme in February 2020. Here he tells us about his journey so far and his hopes for the future at Admiral. 

What were you looking for during your job search?
I studied Natural Sciences at university, and despite focusing on life sciences for the bulk of my degree. I found myself enjoying my maths and computing modules the most and so I decided I wanted to focus on that after uni.


Why did you choose the Data Analyst Grad Programme?
I found that Admiral were one of the only places offering a dedicated analyst grad programme which was accessible to someone with my background (having not studied Maths, Physics, Computer Science etc.) Being able to dive straight into what I was interested in was a big pull for me.

 
How did you find the recruitment process?
It sounds very cliché, but I really enjoyed the recruitment process. The written application was longer than what I was expecting and used to, but that was in place of any psychometric testing, so as a result I was able to send off my application, confident that it was an actual representation of who I was!

Similarly, during both my interviews, I felt like the interviewers were interested in me as a person more so over any qualifications or specific knowledge. They weren’t trying to catch me out at all, so I felt comfortable to speak honestly during questions, openly saying when I didn’t know or couldn’t figure out what was being asked.


What does your day-to-day at Admiral look like?
I’m going into my penultimate month in my placement now with Acquisitions MI, one of the main data providing departments. Our main reporting tools here are SQL, Excel, VBA, and MicroStrategy and throughout the placement I’ve had a chance to learn all of them. Now I have a lot of flexibility in picking up jobs which focus on what I want to develop further.

One thing that really surprised me about Data Analysis is the element of design that came with it. I honestly thought that the roles would be exclusively processing numbers (which there definitely is!) but a big aspect of my role is thinking about how the data is presented. I’m not much of an artist, and I found this hard at the start, but now I sometimes find myself doodling little sketches of dashboards or brainstorming potential design ideas.

I like to break up the day with little pockets of doing something different when I can, usually it’s reading whatever book I’ve got from the Buy a Book Scheme during lunch, or sometimes a bit more of a structured training put on by the Admiral Academy or my department.


What skills have you found most useful at Admiral?
Communication! I’ve found it really important to be quick and transparent with your communication. If your work is going to take a week or two longer for example, a quick email explaining the situation goes a long way! I’ve never been met with anything but appreciation for the honesty.

 
Do you see yourself working for Admiral long-term?
Absolutely! One thing that excites me the most about talking to more senior members of the company is the variety of the careers they’ve built. I’m looking forward to building my journey here.


What would you say to someone sceptical of working for an insurance company?
When I first joined Admiral, I had a very rudimentary understanding of what an insurance company actually does; but very quickly I began to learn about the differing roles in the company and how it all fits together. One of the most exciting things for me about the grad programme is the fact we take placements in 3-4 very different roles and get to spend a lot of time getting to grips with each one to find a niche that we enjoy and are interested in.


Is there anything you would recommend to someone applying for the data analyst grad programme?
When I first applied to the programme, I was apprehensive about the size of Admiral and worried that my work wouldn’t contribute much to the company. It quickly became apparent that this wasn’t the case, almost immediately after I joined my department I was able to start having a meaningful impact to work we do here and quickly built up a relatively high experience in some of the software we use. Now I’d say that the size of the company is a huge factor in the enjoyment I get from the work I do, giving you access to data and the ability to find trends and insights you probably wouldn’t be able to find elsewhere. 

posts

Admiral Life

What we’re doing to help make South Wales a fertile tech landscape - WCCF’s Graduate Programmes

Teaser

Admiral Tech

Content Type

Blog

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

29/03/2021

Summary

Building on the success of our long-standing partnership with the WCCF’s Graduate Programmes, we’re playing a key role in the inception of the new Fast-Track Data and AI scheme. As a proud Welsh employer, we’re thrilled to play our part in helping make our South Wales home a fertile tech landscape.  The eight-month post-graduate programme has been conceived to develop Data Science and AI Professionals locally. Those on the programme benefit from: An initial eight-month placement in one of our analyst areasAn induction and the benefit of non-technical training provided by our in-house training function, Admiral AcademyA business mentor and graduate buddy (someone who’s enjoyed success on one of our in-house programmes)A 4-week bootcamp and applied post-graduate Diploma qualification from the University of South Wales Rowena Morgan, Programme Manager at WCCF, explains Admiral’s role in the AI graduate scheme: “We are proud to work in partnership with Admiral to create and retain graduate talent in Data and AI skills in Wales. The model is an excellent example of a collaborative industry and academic initiative that is unique to Wales and the UK, supported by the European Social Fund. The calibre of the graduates recruited for the Programme has been excellent and we look forward to continue working closely with Admiral and wider consortium employers, to build new talent pools in Data and AI to support our employer’s current and future tech skill requirements.” Our three talented graduates have been placed in growing areas of our business; Risk, Claims and Van MI (management information). Meet Lauraine, Alex and Stuart, our new starters. What projects will you be working on? Lauraine: My role is an Intern Data Scientist within the Risk team. In terms of projects that I am working on, Admiral has been great at giving me a lot of responsibility- which is great but a little daunting at times. My manager, the Graduate Team and other colleagues are so supportive of me though, if I ever get stuck, they always have an answer or point me in the direction of someone who will know the answer! At University, we are learning three different coding languages (R, Python and SAS) and it’s amazing to have the opportunity to apply that knowledge to my role. I think Alex and I are working on similar projects, in terms of moving data into the Cloud- which is great because we can always help each other! I’m also leading a project to create a dashboard that Admiral will use long-term to analyse the different variables in risk. What has been the best thing about working for Admiral so far? Alex: I am absolutely loving it! We only started full-time a couple weeks ago but I think what immediately stood out for me is how calm and relaxed everything at Admiral is. I mean, it is not often you see people wearing hoodies to work! The relaxed atmosphere really put the other graduates and I at ease on our first day.  It is exciting to be with such a well-known brand and also work on an exciting project that will put my R skills to the test to help with monthly reporting and with the larger scheme of moving over to the new cloud-based services. It is great to have been alongside other graduates, from other schemes, during the induction too. It is great to be in the same boat as a group of other people and we have been able to integrate with them well throughout the induction. It just means that there are other people we have been able to network and build long-term connections with.Our trainer at Admiral Academy, Ashley, is so energetic and infectious with his energy that you just engage so quickly with his sessions and learn a lot about the business and self-development. Over the last few days, we have been learning about presentation skills which will be so helpful in our placements and further into the future. The induction, trainers and Graduate Team have been so flexible in ensuring that we have freedom to do our university work as well. From the kindness and supportiveness that I have seen across Admiral, I’m sure this flexibility will continue in my placement.What are you most looking forward to in your placement?Stuart: I’m really looking forward to doing something meaningful and implementing something to benefit Admiral long-term. My team has been great at giving me lots of training and the responsibility to have a lot of control over my project’s direction. When speaking with my manager, there has been lots of ideas thrown around about what project to lead and it looks like I’ll be helping Ancillaries with understanding customer patterns in this area, so I’m really looking forward to getting my teeth into it! Like the others have said, I feel well supported at Admiral and my team are happy to give me pointers if I have a question about anything!

Teaser

Read on
Loren Jones

by

Loren Jones

Loren Jones

by

Loren Jones

How to: Prepare for your interview with Jessica Sutton

Teaser

Graduates and Students

Content Type

Blog

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

17/03/2021

Summary

‘Talk us through your CV’ This is your chance to sell yourself in a few minutes (we’d advise between three and five). Talk through the most relevant parts of your CV, not all your experiences will be relevant for the role and it’s fine to focus more on those that are. Focus on concise communication. If talking about your university, for example, perhaps mention just one or two specific modules. This first impression is the part of the interview that you can prepare for so practice a polished introduction! We may ask about a specific module, project, or dissertation topic. Make sure you have a recent example in mind and be ready to explain it clearly.    Research the company We are looking for proof that you have researched the company, what we do, and what the business is all about. Show us you’ve gone beyond the job description. Try to avoid just talking about the expected numbers and statistics and instead focus on demonstrating an understanding of Admiral and what the figures mean. We’d expect you to have a basic understanding of how the business works and how Car Insurance works. We appreciate you might not understand all the details (this is fine!), but some research and awareness will help you dig deeper into the interview questions. A good idea, particularly if you don’t have car insurance, is to run a quote on our website. This will give you an idea of how the rating works! Consider our company culture. We may be a business, but there’s more to Admiral than the financials and the products we sell. Take a look at what we’re like as a workplace and consider how this impacts your motivation to work with us.  You can learn more about Admiral culture here. Motivation for the role Competence isn’t enough when it comes to the role. We want to see genuine motivation – why do you want to work at Admiral and why do you want this particular role? Consider the working environment, the company culture, and the elements of the job description that sparked your interest. What stood out to you and made you apply? Prepare your questions We’ll give you time at the end to ask questions. This is a perfect opportunity to express your motivation and curiosity. Take time to think carefully about what you may like to ask here - we’d suggest sticking to no more than two or three.   Of course, if you have more questions following the interview, you can always follow these up with the Recruitment Officer at a later date. Good Luck!

Teaser

Read on
Jessica Sutton

by

Jessica Sutton

Jessica Sutton

by

Jessica Sutton