Kick-starting their careers

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Rose started her first placement with First Bus in Aberdeen. Seen in Wishaw is First Glasgow Wright Eclipse Urban-bodied Volvo B7RLE, now wearing the new First livery. DAVID OAKLEY

In the second instalment, individuals on the graduate schemes of various operators talk to Jade Smith about their journey so far, having started on the courses late last year

Rose Hardy-Barrett, First Bus

I am Rose Hardy-Barrett, I am doing the Finance Management Scheme with First Bus and I am 22 years old.

I studied a Business (Finance) HND and a Business Degree at the University of Kent. I have not had any previous experience working within this industry, but I have worked in various restaurants since the age of 14.

I found out about the scheme on a website that promoted graduate schemes. The application process tested a range of abilities and I really enjoyed the assessment centre. The company set themselves apart from competitors by gathering everyone the evening before the assessment centre for a meal with the directors, who are also the assessors. This made all the candidates feel really welcome and more at ease.

There were approximately 600 applicants for the finance course. There were six candidates at our assessment centre, three of whom were successful in receiving a job offer. The process involved an online application, online numerical and literacy tests, an online video interview and then a one-day assessment centre.

I started in September last year. The first week was in Swindon and London, where all the graduates met for a general introduction to the company. I then started my first placement in Aberdeen where I have been completing a mixture of tasks, such as tax computation, accounts receivable analysis, and checking the interim financial statements of the company.

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