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First Look into Fraikin
By Janine Diva, Business Improvement Graduate 2018
‘Why not?!’ This was a phrase my friends and I often used during university, usually reserved for spontaneous adventures – also known as a night out – in this case, my mindset was very much ‘don’t knock it until you’ve tried it’.
I had never heard of Fraikin until I saw the job advert on LinkedIn. The website explained that they worked with commercial vehicles, an industry I had very limited knowledge of. All I could picture were vans, trucks and long journeys on the road. It was difficult to imagine me fitting into that world.
That said, I remembered an industry talk I attended about project management in the logistics sector. It was really interesting, particularly how it showed me that my existing project management skills could be developed further.
Why this Graduate Scheme?
There are so many schemes out there, all bombarding graduates with information and offering progression and opportunities while shadowing senior members of the company. However, with Fraikin what attracted me most was the opportunity to take full ownership of projects that would have a positive impact on the organisation, instead of merely shadowing.
As a graduate, I didn’t want to be a shadow – I was excited to finally apply what I learned at university in the real world.
With Fraikin, there was a real focus on independence and initiative, where I would have control of my own development needs. I would be able to choose key business areas I wanted to explore further, to get the opportunity to work with senior management in order to challenge the industry, as well as to push myself.
Have you ever looked up your prospective employers online? When I found our Learning and Development Manager on LinkedIn it made me more excited to work with Fraikin; it was clear they were invested in facilitating change and have the right people in place to support their graduates through the ups and downs.
As part of the presentation at my original assessment, I drew a TARDIS, so I knew that creativity was also encouraged! The group task gave me an insight into what my day-to-day life at Fraikin would involve: collaboration, creativity and conviction.
What could I get out of Fraikin?
Although I arrived at Fraikin from a part-time job (tutoring maths and English to children, which I immensely enjoyed, believe it or not), I have a master’s degree in Business & Organisational Psychology. Change management greatly interests me, and having a front row seat to witness how my ideas can influence people in the industry will only help develop the level of expertise I hope to achieve.
I’ll be sharing my worries before starting my first week at Fraikin, adventures at Brathay (in the Lake District) and how I am still trying to apply lessons from building a raft into my daily life at Head Office!