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Straight out of School: Megan

Hi, my name is Megan, I joined our School Leaver Programme in September 2018. Our School Leaver Programme is a great way to start a career in retail. It really eases you into full-time work after leaving school, which at first can seem a little daunting. I knew from the beginning of sixth form that I didn’t want to go to university but instead wanted to work in an industry that I love and where I would be able to build on my experience. For me, that was retail. 

When I was researching apprenticeships, I found Harrods. The opportunity to work for such a well-known brand is what encouraged me to apply. The programme is very unique as well. It is an 18-month programme with three six-month placements. The placement areas include Fashion, Food and Furniture. I love the fact that you rotate around different departments you get to meet amazing people throughout the business. You also have stakeholder meetings with people such as Directors and Buyers, which is a great networking tool and allows you to build relationships we people you may not always come across. Past cohorts now work in some these areas. 

We also have 12 taught days at the Fashion Retail Academy studying six modules. Once a month you spend a day at the Fashion Retail Academy college to work your way towards a level 3 retail qualification. I have lots of fun in my role, my favourite memory has to be the Christmas Ball. It’s such a fun night where you can get dressed up and meet all your colleague across the business. It’s something you can’t miss! 

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