#SBSStudents: Emma, on Getting That Graduate Scheme!



Emma completed her BA (Hons) Business Management with Human Resource Management in June, and graduates with a 1st Class degree and a place on the Morrisons Graduate Scheme. Here, she shares some of her experiences:


I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the University of Suffolk. Throughout my experience here my lecturers knew me by name, and have been supportive and approachable in all aspects of my studies. This made the experience more personal, something that was important to me when deciding on where to study.

I’m really excited to be moving on to the Graduate Scheme at Morrisons. I will be completing four placements within the business, across 2 years, experiencing logistics, manufacturing, and more. At the end, I will be a fully trained ‘people manager’.

My degree prepared me for the role by teaching me to focus on the wider context of working environments. We explored the vocational contexts of the learning material, highlighting my interest in HR. I particularly enjoyed modules such as Change Management, Organizational Behaviour and Employment Law. I took internships in the HR industry in my first and second year of university, which not only helped me to understand how theory applies to work, but gave me an insight into the industry before applying for the graduate scheme.

For me, there were many fantastic experiences which on my course. The internships were really interesting, and meeting new people who shared my interests were amazing. In my third year, the University of Suffolk ran a fantastic event, ‘Brand New You‘. Phil Pallen, a social media guru and image consultant, came and spoke about to position, build, and promote our brands, to stand out and make things happen.

I have learnt that you really do get out it what you put it (lots of hard work)! Being organised is really important – the graduate scheme I applied to was one of the later ones, but normally they start being advertised from November so it is important to get ahead of the game if a graduate scheme is your goal. However, it was important for me personally to realise that you really need to pick an organisation that you are interested in and that you believe you’ll fit in well with. Don’t pick something because it ‘looks’ good. My time at University helped me to make these kinds of informed decisions.

Emma’s LinkedIn profile can be found here.