Branch Manager, Rent-a-Car
We're always proud to welcome back our graduates to campus and to hear their success stories.
On Wednesday 18 November 2015 alumna Stevie Day had a stall at the Leeds Trinity University Graduate Careers Fair. Stevie studied BA (Hons) Business and Management and graduated in 2013, her career has gone from strength to strength and her story highlights how valuable our professional work placements are.
Why did you choose to attend Leeds Trinity?I chose to attend Leeds Trinity for a few reasons, my sister attended Leeds Trinity prior to me and told me about her experiences so I knew it was a great place to study. What drew me to the university is the small community feel, the tutors all know you by name as they don't have a huge cohort of students and can give you the one-to-one time and feedback required to continually improve your work and studies.
What are your best memories from your time with us?My best memories would include the friendships I built whilst attending the University and definitely Graduation day.
How did your time with us influence your career?My current employer is actually the same organization I did my six-week unpaid placement with. I opted for a general management role on my placement form not really knowing what I wanted to do or where I would like to go. My placement was arranged by the Careers Centre with Enterprise Rent-a-Car where I began my six week placement at the Admin Office in Leeds on Coal Road. I have now worked my way through the ranks gaining a vast knowledge of the business and have progressed to Branch Manager.
What does your current job entail and what have been your career highlights to date?I was promoted to Assistant Manager within 3 months of graduating and then promoted again after a year to Branch Manager. I now have my own office in Keighley which I run all aspects of, from ensuring the highest possible level of customer satisfaction to motivating employees in all areas including sales and their own development to get promoted themselves. I have involvement in marketing, HR, accounts and business rental to name but a few of the current day to day tasks I do. My career highlights would include being promoted to my current position, being involved in the Women in Leadership programme we run and also being a part of the Diversity committee. I would also include getting two of my employees promoted within a year.
How did it feel to be back on campus for the Careers Fair and how has it changed since you were a student?It felt strange being back on campus, part of me felt like it was yesterday I left and another part of me felt like I had aged 10 years!! The main building looks very similar but there is a lot of development of new buildings going on showing how much the brand and university itself is growing.