James completed his degree in Business Management at Coventry University. He is currently a graduate on our two-year bus programme.
"I applied for the Go-Ahead graduate scheme because I wanted to know everything about the transport industry. The graduate scheme offered a wide variety of secondments around the business allowing me to get a full understanding of how the business is run before moving into a management position.
I haven’t been disappointed. There’s so much to learn and there isn’t a placement I haven’t enjoyed yet. I started the scheme learning how to drive a bus and I’ve done numerous roles from there – from working in a busy control room to gaining experience in HR and recruitment. One day you can be working closely with managers and on other days helping a customer track down a piece of lost property.
Here at Go-Ahead London I have a mentor who is my direct manager. He helps to organise our placements and I feel really supported. This makes life as a graduate so much easier as you don’t have any worries, as everything is always planned for you. You are given a lot of independence on the scheme, but if there is ever a time you require some support, the mentor is always there for you!
Through the scheme so far, I’ve improved my communication and leadership skills. I would recommend the graduate scheme for anyone who is interested in a management role in a fast-paced environment. The well-rounded graduate scheme bridges the gap between university and a management position, with many opportunities along the way!"