Becki Throup attended Leeds Metropolitan University and joined the Finance graduate programme in 2013. She is currently the Commercial Manager for Mobile Connective Devices.
Why did you choose the DHL Graduate Programme?
It was largely the prospect of working for a huge company with a presence all over the world that would give rise to endless opportunities in different areas and sectors. It was also my interest in the logistics industry as a whole and my view that DHL is a market leader and the best, essentially!
What was your favourite experience/memory during the Graduate Programme?
My favourite experience/memory was the graduate project presentation where we presented our project outcome to the UK CEO and all the other project sponsors! It was amazing to think what we had been working on for so many months was going to be taken seriously and actually used within the wider business. It was a proud moment for my group especially because we managed to complete and deliver a really good proposal despite some challenges along the way.
What makes the DHL graduate programme unique?
What makes the DHL grad scheme unique is the ability to work for such a great company and the fast-track to management/senior opportunities. I would never have got to where I am now without the graduate scheme. It’s also the fact that so many senior people in the organisation are advocates of the scheme as this gives us access to highly successful people that we can learn from and chat to regarding our development – formally or informally.
How has being a part of the DHL Graduate Programme helped you accomplish what you have with your career?
The graduate scheme has given me the confidence to believe in my abilities and challenge myself in the roles I have been involved with so far. This has been through the various module days, the graduate project and the mentor scheme.
The emphasis on networking throughout the scheme encouraged me to develop a network of people that I can learn a great deal from and who can support me with each step I take. This has helped to open doors to new opportunities but has also helped me to develop knowledge and skills that other people have accumulated over a long career within DHL.
And finally, the varied placements have given me exposure to different types of contracts, ways of working and management styles that have all aided my development.
What is your current role in DHL?
Commercial Manager- I am manager for Mobile Connective Devices in the Technology sector within Specialist Services. This basically means I look after any contracts we have with customers involved in the mobile device industry; Telefónica and Asurion.
What type of person do you think is the right fit for DHL?
You should be willing to work hard and be proud of the organisation you work for. The DHL Graduate scheme is what you make of it and you have to be a people person. There’s so much interaction with different people in different areas within the business so good communication skills are essential. Also, a good sense of humour goes a long way.
What advice would you give to future graduates in the DHL programme?
Make the most of every opportunity and do not hesitate when an opportunity arises! You don’t have anything to lose– even a failure is a lesson (which sounds cheesy but it’s so true!). Build relationships with lots of people within the business– a good network is essential. Don’t be afraid to let people who inspire you know that you’re on the graduate scheme and would like to spend 10/15 minutes chatting to them.