- YEAR ONE -
Congratulations! You’ve been offered a role on the Musgrave Graduate Programme. You’ll start the programme at the end of summer with the rest of your new colleagues. Before you start, you’ll have a chance to meet your new colleagues and fellow grads during our taster day. This taster session gives you a chance to discover more about Musgrave, what to expect and get some insight as to your future career with us. To keep you up to date, we’ll have our own WhatsApp group so we can answer your questions and share news and experiences with you all.
Summer ends and your new career with us kicks off with your induction at our Group headquarters in Cork. You’ll get to know each other very quickly with team building activities where friendships will be forged over water balloons (you’ll find out!). You will be introduced to our bespoke Graduate Development Programme, run in conjunction with the Irish Management Institute (IMI). You’ll also develop your IT skills with Excel training and an introduction to our digital workspaces. This induction also provides the opportunity to meet with senior managers from the business, including our CEO.
With the group induction under your belt and your graduate network established, you’ll start your role in the business. You’ll be working in one of our divisional headquarters, based in Cork, Dublin or Belfast. If you’re working in Supply Chain, your first placement may be in one of our depots and Retail Operations grads will have a placement in store. The role provides hands-on experience in your chosen stream and you’ll develop insight into our brands and our core business. You’ll be given responsibility early on; learning on-the-job with support and mentoring from your managers. With your manager, you’ll set your objectives for the year ahead. Meanwhile, your network of graduate colleagues will also close to hand to share experiences and support you along the way.
By December, you’re well established in your role and you’re growing in confidence. It’s now time for your first module of our Graduate Development Programme run in conjunction with the IMI. This is a residential programme run at the IMI in Dublin over the course of the two years and is focused on your personal and professional development. In December, you’ll join the rest of your graduate intake for the first module which provides you with a toolkit for developing your self-awareness, goal-setting techniques, self-management and prioritisation skills.
Every graduate experience is unique and your experience will be different to everyone else’s even within the same team. To tailor the experience and ensure it’s personal to you, you’ll have a one-to-one with a member of the Early Careers Team to check in on your progress and help you get the most from your programme. You’ll also have the first of two formal coaching sessions with an executive coach whose role is to support and challenge you on your development. These one-to-one sessions are a key opportunity to ensure you are driving your development in order for you to grow and thrive.
Half-way through year one, you’re back at the IMI to complete module two of the Development Programme, focused on creative problem solving and how to present effectively. You’ll take part in engaging sessions that focus on techniques for creative and lateral thinking. You’ll also be tasked with completing a small project based on module one and two, which will involve giving a presentation. You’ll integrate these new skills into your everyday role once you’re back in the business.
By now you’ll have spent over six months working in the business and learning the ropes, so at this point you and your manager will get together to review your objectives set earlier in the rotation. You’ll both review your performance so far, acknowledge your achievements and look at areas to develop further. At every stage, we’re looking to ensure you’re doing the best you possibly can, and also that you’re focused on your end goals.
By now you’re experienced in your day-to-day role and looking to stretch yourself when the opportunity arises. Module three of the grad development programme comes at the perfect point to challenge you to consider your impact and influence on the business. How can you manage your impact more effectively? This module will also look at our brands’ impacts and roles in sustainability and building vibrant communities. During the summer you’ll have your second one-to-one with our Early Careers Team. Whilst covering similar topics from the previous meeting, it will also focus on stretching your goals and opportunities in year two.
Remember the taster day from when you started? Now you’re a fully-fledged team member, we’ll ask you to offer support and guidance to the next cohort of grads. You’ll be surprised, but in just a year you’ll have learnt so much, you’ll have plenty of knowledge to pass on! You’ll also be invited to join our annual Graduate Summit where grads in Year Two of the programme will showcase their business projects to our CEO, executive team members and senior management teams from across the business. The Summit gives you a sense of what you’ll be expected to work on in your next year of the programme. You’re also encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to meet with our senior management team.
- YEAR TWO -
A key element of our grad programme is the opportunity to rotate within a function to broaden your knowledge and skillsets. Depending on your stream, you will either rotate within the function in your division or cross-divisionally. Finance and Trading graduates will rotate cross-divisionally which may include a location move across Cork, Dublin or Belfast. The benefits of rotating include a broader network of managers to learn from, new projects and opportunities to develop new skills and learning more about our business. You’re encouraged to make the most of the rotation opportunity and to keep focused on the skills you’ve built up already and your development goals.
The modules in Year One of the IMI Graduate Development Programme were focused primarily on your personal development; in Year Two, the focus shifts to your professional knowledge and development. Module Four in October covers key insights into marketing, strategy and finance, because we know that it’s increasingly important for all grads to get a sense of all areas of the business. Broadening your business knowledge ensures you can play a role in driving effective collaboration across different functions. Module Five looks at project management and includes a three-day course on the practical methods of project, relationship and change management.
Throughout your programme you will have worked on projects within your own role, in addition to micro projects as part of the IMI programme. You’ll be asked to bring all your knowledge and skills together to work on a business question aligned to our strategic goals. In project teams with your fellow grads, you’ll research, test and create recommendations to answer this question. Your project outcomes will be presented to our CEO and members of our senior management team in the summer at the Graduate Summit. The projects will test all your skills and allow you to really make an impact on the business.
Your final module at the IMI will focus on how you are developing your leadership skills and will provide a day of group coaching for your project teams to work through your team dynamics. This module encourages you to reflect on your progress to that point and your career ambition. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in an ‘off-boarding’ workshop which provides support in managing the transition off the grad programme and helps prepare you for any internal recruitment processes and to set your development goals for your role post-programme. During this time-frame you’ll have your second executive coaching session in addition to your final one-to-one with the Early Careers Team to discuss future roles.
Now is the chance to share your project recommendations, insights and feedback on the programme at the annual Graduate Summit. The Summit is where you will present your business recommendations to our CEO, executive directors and members of the senior management teams. Incoming and Year One graduates are also invited to this Summit, as are all graduate managers. This event is a celebration of your achievements and an opportunity to showcase the graduate contributions to the wider business. It’s a fantastic milestone event and a highly anticipated event in the calendar!
All our grad roles with the exception of Finance are two years in duration and while your graduate journey is at an end, it’s really just the beginning! You can now take everything you’ve learnt and bring your knowledge and experience to a key business role. You’ve used the platform of the programme to launch your career and you can further progress with our marketing-leading brands. You’ll be in good company as many of our former grads have progressed to senior roles in the business, right up to director level.