I graduated from Loughborough University in 2014 and joined Allianz, not on the graduate scheme, later that year. During my time in that first role I really got a feel for Allianz as a business and understood that it was somewhere that I really wanted to progress my career. A business mentor suggested that I apply for the graduate scheme as it would give me a good grounding across the different business areas and allow me to understand which direction I wanted to take my career – and that is exactly what it has done. (Not that I’m going to let them know that they were right!) I joined the Allianz Management Trainee grad scheme in September 2016. On the graduate scheme I had exposure to different business areas, different insurance markets, difference offices and areas of the country but most importantly I’ve been given opportunities to really develop my skill base and provide tangible benefit to the business. It’s allowed me to really understand what it is I want to do with my career and then supported me in taking that forward as I came off the scheme.