Starting the VM Grad Scheme: An Analyst’s Analysis

Nicholas Lee

October 18, 2016

My initial thoughts: wow. I’m only three weeks into the scheme and I love it! Where do I begin?

An introduction perhaps, I love being challenged and I’m constantly looking for answers to difficult questions, this led me to study physics at Lancaster University. When I graduated I realised that I need a career which would challenge me, allow me to apply the analytical skills I had developed throughout my degree to real problems and give me the opportunity to keep learning.

Virgin Media has offered me all of this and more! There’s no hand holding here, on my first day in the office I was in a Strategy and Planning meeting with one of the directors, I’m learning Qlik Sense, Qlik View, SQL (very powerful analytics software) and now I’m arranging to meet and update analysts from across the business. But what really makes this company special is not the responsibility which we’re given from day one (there is quite a lot) it’s the atmosphere and the people.

Everyone here embodies the Virgin values, it’s a fun environment, we’re all ready to help each other on projects and everyone here is awesome! During my first day my team took me to a local pub for lunch and we have regular walks around Hook. Last week my friend, Viv, brought in some mini Victoria sponge cakes and as I write I’m eating a cookie made by another colleague, Angela (Peanut butter and white chocolate)!

We’re encouraged to get involved in other activities outside of our day to day work, we have a day every year which we allocate towards charity work, we can follow an engineer on an install and I’m organising lunch for twenty other graduates so we can get to know what’s going on across the business.

Virgin Media is an interesting place to work, the fast paced environment, coupled with fun branding and values truly bring out a team atmosphere in the office. I don’t regret applying for one second and I encourage you to do the same!

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