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Alex Callender — Commercial Manager Degree Apprentice

Name: Alex Callender
Job title: Commercial Manager Degree Apprentice
Employer: Nestlé
Qualification: 3 A Levels – including A* in Business, and 10 GCSEs – A*-B
Salary Range: Starting at £18,600 with yearly increases

How did you end up in this job?

A lot of luck!! While I was studying my A-Levels, my Business teacher sent our class an email telling us about a chance to apply for some work experience at Nestle but there was only 3 spaces. I applied thinking my whole class would want to go, however, to my shock only 2 other people applied. I went to the assessment day and a few days later I received a call offering me a week paid work experience at Nestle. In this week I learned about the schemes Nestle offered and they suggested I applied for it, so I thought I would as I had nothing to lose and I got the job!

What’s the best thing about your job?

The fast paced nature of the industry offers a great variety of tasks and jobs for me to be involved in. Working for Nestle opens up opportunities to work on household brand names that consumers’ love which is great and makes the job very exciting, but the best bit is the variety of tasks I am involved in. My days can change very quickly depending on projects, factory production or if new products are being developed. It gives me lots of things to really get stuck into and makes every day exciting and different.

How long have you been doing your job?

Just over 1 ½ years.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

In 5 years’ time, I would like to think I will be an established employee at Nestle working in either Sales or Marketing being able to help drive sales but also build some of the nation’s favourite brands. I would like to think that I will have been promoted, and perhaps managing a team of my own taking further responsibilities.

If you could give your 16 year old self some career advice, what would it be?

Don’t become too narrow in your thoughts of where you see yourself working or the qualifications you will get. Always try to be open minded and take any opportunity that is given to you to explore different career and learning routes. If it hadn’t been for Nestle’s work experience I would have never known about a sponsored degree scheme. Also, always have a backup option, it is very easy to just want to follow friends and go to university, but if that doesn’t work out, make sure you are covered with other options.

Did you buy something special with your first pay cheque?

I paid for a weekend away in London at Christmas - my friends and I went to the Shard and Winter Wonderland.