Joined: September 2010
My story:“After university I got a temporary job with PSV Claims, Stagecoach’s insurance company. Then someone asked if I’d considered their graduate scheme and I must
confess, I didn’t even know they had one. So I researched it and it sounded great, very different to other schemes I’d looked at. I knew I wanted to work
with people, not computers and figures, and liked the idea of gaining real management experience quickly. The likelihood of a proper job at the end was
a big incentive too!
Because I’m from Perth in Scotland, where Stagecoach’s head office is, I knew that their operations extended UK-wide and overseas, and that they also ran
trains. But I didn’t know just how many depots and sub-companies there were! There’s much more to Stagecoach than sending buses and drivers out on the road.
In my first year I had a go at just about everything that goes on in a depot - from fuelling and steam-cleaning buses to sitting in on local authority meetings.
I was encouraged to get hands-on - it’s the best way to learn how the company operates.
In my second year I was made Assistant Operations Manager of our Stockport depot, basically helping run the day-to-day stuff - and there’s lots of it! There’s no such thing as ‘a typical day’. Every depot’s different, so the detail of what I do may not be what Assistant Operations Managers in other depots do. One thing’s for sure though – things change at a moment’s notice so you have to think on your feet.
I’m rapidly gaining the experience to soon be able to run my own depot. After that, who knows? I want to go a long way with Stagecoach, and am confident they’ll provide the means for me to do so. It’s a steep learning curve, but the scheme’s expertly tailored to guide me through in a way that feels natural. Everyone knows what I’m here to do and my mentor and managers, as well as everyone else in the depot, are very supportive.
If you want my advice, go for it - unless you’re looking for a cosy nine-to-five office job. If you want to be constantly pushed and challenged, this scheme could be right up your street.”