Katy Guilmartin

Current Role: Graduate Trainee, Technology

Location: Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Joined Tesco: September 2016


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I first started working as a customer assistant in Tesco Express in Swords after finishing my computer science and business degree from Trinity in 2016. I wanted the flexibility to keep volunteering in my local charity shop.

When I saw the list of departments I could potentially work in, I decided to apply for the grad programme. I thought it was a nice opportunity as I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do career-wise. I’ve now seen other grads get experience working in an area outside their comfort zone and then realise it’s where their skill set lies.

I loved working in Tesco from the get-go as I’ve always been interested in retail. My first placement was in the Product department working in trade planning and events and assisting on producing promotional brochures for stores. I also had a separate project where I managed checkouts and ‘In-Queue’ so essentially I was managing the merchandising on the shelves around the self-serve area. I developed the plan from scratch so I was proud of the job I did.

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"I’ve now seen other grads get experience working in an area outside their comfort zone and then realise it’s where their skill set lies."

I’m now on my second grad rotation working in technology. I’m involved in our store upgrade programme from an IT perspective.

We review the floor plans for before and after the refurbishments and assess what IT changes need to be implemented or what new equipment needs to be sourced.

For example, removing a certain till can impact the store’s IT systems so we’re constantly thinking of the potential impact on customers and colleagues. I liaise with external companies who provide the computers etc. and manage the budgets by working closely with the quantity surveyor.

"You have loads of people to lean on so if there’s anything you’re struggling with, you can go to former grads or your mentor for help."

With the grad programme you’re naturally a bit shaky at first but knowing most grads land a permanent role afterwards makes you feel more secure. We also get training every month including, presentation skills, leadership skills, time management and so much more. It has been really helpful. You also have loads of people to lean on so if there’s anything you’re struggling with, you can go to former grads or your mentor for help.

One of the benefits I’ve found great here is the Save as you Earn scheme, I’m saving without noticing and I’ve also had the opportunity to buy shares.

Outside of work I enjoy knitting. I think it’s a great stress reliever.

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