Current Role: Internal Communications Manager
Location: Head Office, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Joined Tesco: September 2015
I had just completed a master’s in drama and theatre and wanted to start a career. That’s when I saw Tesco’s graduate programme. I started working in-store where I had the chance to experience every aspect of the store from bakery to checkouts and from there I went on placements as a line manager in general merchandise.
In addition to the in-store experiences and training days, we also went on regular site visits, including to our massive distribution centre, which really gave me a sense of the scale of the business. We also got to meet many of our food suppliers which helped me to understand the journey from “farm to fork”.
I’ve been in Tesco almost two years now and I’m just finishing the role of Corporate Responsibility Manager, an opportunity I was given during my second rotation of the graduate programme. Now I’m about to start a new permanent role as Internal Communications Manager.
"I’ve been given so much ownership and responsibility to own projects end-to-end, which I love. This has really helped with my development and confidence."
I’ve gained amazing experience as Corporate Responsibility Manager working with our Community Champions nationwide to drive our community agenda.
This includes working with local causes to redistribute our surplus food, managing our donations through the Tesco Community Fund and organising national fundraisers for our charity partner, Temple Street. I’ve been given so much ownership and responsibility to own projects end-to-end, which I love, and this has really helped with my development and confidence.
"I enjoy the work-life balance here as it allows me to pursue my own interests outside of work."
I was also responsible for organising our involvement in Dublin pride. This was our first time ever being involved and I was so excited to bring something new to the company, especially when it supports colleagues in such a meaningful way.
Over 150 colleagues, along with their friends and families, joined us on the day to march in the parade. I organised a 40-foot Tesco delivery truck to act as a float on the day which featured a crowd cheerometer and bubble machines. To support this, our stores in Dublin city centre changed the Tesco chevrons to the rainbow colours of Pride for the weekend which looked amazing.
I enjoy the work-life balance in Tesco as it allows me to pursue my own interests outside of work.
I’m involved in CoisCéim Broadreach where I have taken contemporary dance classes, been involved in choreography projects and even worked with young people to create dance films.
Likewise on my team, everyone has different lifestyles and different ways of working and they are all accommodated here which I think is fantastic.
Here at Tesco, everyone is welcome. Equality, diversity and inclusion is really important to us - whoever you are, wherever you work and whatever you do.
We are proud to be a business full of varied opportunities. We give colleagues the tools to shape their own future with a career path that meets their own personal goals and aspirations.
"I’m about 30 years into my career and this is probably the best work/life balance I’ve ever experienced."
"I’ve been working here for ten years now so I feel part of the local community."
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