I graduated from Imperial College, London, in 2012 after studying for a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry. I joined the Fuller’s Graduate Scheme in September that year, and I’m now working as a Shift Brewer in our exciting Pilot Brewery.
What was your Fuller’s Graduate Scheme experience like?
The Graduate Scheme gives you an excellent introduction into all aspects of the business - and there’s certainly lots to learn! Thankfully there’s lots of support from colleagues and mentors, and formal training courses (both internal and external) give you all the skills you need to succeed.
What projects/roles did you work on under the scheme?
My first placement was with the Green Team, exploring ways to prevent waste and save energy. I then moved on to Operations, where I worked on projects to improve efficiencies within production.
Next up was Marketing, where I helped with campaigns for the World Cup and Father’s Day. Then my last placement was in Purchasing, where my role involved negotiating contracts for the supply of raw materials and services.
The rotations through these different departments really keep you on your toes, and you have to be prepared at times to step outside of your comfort zone!
Tell us about your current role at Fuller’s?
I knew from the very start that I wanted to be involved in brewing, and the Graduate Scheme has helped me to achieve that ambition. I completed my IBD Certificate in Brewing in 2014 and have just completed my last exam for the IBD Diploma in Brewing.
Now I’m working as a Shift Brewer, currently seconded to the Pilot Brewery where we develop new and innovative brews. I’m helping to commission the new kit, and feel really privileged to be involved in such an exciting new venture.
What’s the best bit about your job?
Having the freedom to be creative. It’s a great feeling to produce something which I know people will enjoy.
What advice would you give to new graduates?
Be open minded, try everything and throw yourself into the scheme 100%. The results are definitely worth it!