Name: Jordan Carlton
Job title: Business Operations (Graduate Scheme)
Degree studied: BSc Economics & Management at Aston University
Aston University Experience
I was at Aston University from 2014 to 2018 and studying BSc Economics & Management. The course was thoroughly enjoyable and challenging at times, however, It allowed me to develop important skills that I use regularly in my work on the graduate scheme at Atos. The most valuable part of the course was the year in industry where I completed a 12-month placement for Atos in Nottingham. This year was a great opportunity to live and work in a different city and genuinely experience what it is like to work for a company in a full-time position.
Due to my success on the placement year, I was offered a position on the graduate scheme in March of my final year at Aston. This was extremely beneficial as it meant I could solely focus on my studies without having to balance applying for graduate positions simultaneously. Furthermore, Atos offer financial sponsorship for all interns who return to the graduate scheme, which was an added bonus! I used this to travel in Asia for a couple of months after finishing my degree and prior to starting my new role.
I started on the Business Operations Graduate Scheme based in Crewe in September 2018. This scheme was ideal for me as it built on the skills I demonstrated during my placement year whilst also providing opportunities to try new roles across my business area of SIO (Service integration & orchestration). Over the 12 months, I have completed projects for many high-profile accounts including the BBC and Iglo Foods as well as working outside the office by representing the graduate scheme at multiple careers fairs across the country.
As part of the graduate scheme, you are encouraged to find new projects that grow you in different capacities. My main project has been leading Reverse Mentoring for the Aeon Network, which aims to promote development opportunities for all employees regardless of their age. Reverse Mentoring attempts to reduce the generational divide within the company by giving younger employees the opportunity to mentor a senior colleague on topics of their choice. Getting involved in an atypical project such as this has allowed me to develop skills such as; researching similar schemes, designing templates, marketing the programme to different areas, presenting to senior sponsors and creating a database tool that improves the matching process between mentors and mentees.
Furthermore, working for a large company means there are always a variety of projects/events to get involved with. In May I completed the London 2 Paris bike ride raising money for the Keframa school build in Uganda whereas in September I completed the 3 peaks challenge raising money for the Prince’s Trust.