• There’s a lot of graduate schemes out there... What made you choose us?
  • Having worked for Halfords for 3 years throughout my time at University, I caught the retail bug. After studying for a degree in Equine Science, I decided to do a full turn in where I wanted my career to go. I wanted to progress through the ranks in retail and Halfords was the company I wanted to do this with. Whilst looking for progression opportunities, I was informed that a Retail Graduate Scheme would soon be launching, this was my perfect opportunity. The company has a robust set of values and aims which form the foundations of the company’s success. I knew that I would be supported every step of the way as I moved forward in my career.
  • Tell us a bit about the scheme…
  • The scheme is 2 years long and is structured around the opportunity to experience all aspects of the business in both shops and the Support Centre. There is great emphasis on training, development and providing you with all the tools required to be successful. One of the things that make the scheme successful is that it can be flexed to support your learning, i.e. if you feel the need to spend more time in a particular area, it can be arranged.
  • What do you get up to on a typical day?
  • Every day is different – and that’s what I enjoy the most. As there are so many different opportunities and the aim is to experience as many things as possible. In my current role, I am doing a placement in Retail Support in the Support Centre which means I get to work on different projects and with different people every day.
  • Tell us about the best bits so far...
  • The emphasis on development is a key highlight for me. We spend days on personal development courses and with International speakers and coaches. Having regular meetings with an executive coach helps me to constantly advance and push myself.
  • What challenges have you faced and how did you deal with them? 
  • My greatest challenge has also been my greatest achievement. I was given the task of creating a Merchandising Standards so that all shops are maintained to the same outstanding standards. This was a challenge as I had to find new people, introduce myself and ask them for their help on creating this document. Introducing myself for the first time used to make me nervous but this is now something I am much more comfortable with. Creating, launching and landing this document in all our shops is a major achievement for me and I have received some fantastic feedback from colleagues.
  • What's it really like to work here?
  • One of Halfords values is to “Have Fun” and this really rings true. There is a friendly, supportive culture where everyone works together to help each other and achieve the same goals.
  • Tell us about the training and development...
  • There is a vast amount of training available in all departments and in a style for every colleague. From online modules to face to face training, there is something available for everyone in order for them to develop. 
  • What do you think makes someone successful at Halfords?
  • Giving everything ago and taking every opportunity. One tip I was given in the first few weeks was to “Be Curious”. I believe this is the key to being successful as growth and development are stimulated by asking why and exploring new things. When you are curious there a few limits on how you can develop and what you can learn.
  • And, to anyone thinking about applying for the scheme, what would you tell them?
  • Go for it … You won’t regret it.