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 Rob May, 2020 Future Consultant Programme 
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Graduate Showcase | Rob May

Ph.D History

"I had considered working in consultancy before but was put off by the companies I researched and the schemes on offer. Socitm Advisory, on the other hand, is a friendly and supportive organisation that is determined to better society, as well as do the very best for its clients"

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In this Graduate Showcase, Rob May has shared with us his experience as a member of the first Socitm Advisory graduate cohort. The Socitm Advisory Programme enabled graduates to participate in a number of rotations while working as a Junior Consultant within a client project team.

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Having completed my first rotation on the Future Consultant Programme here at Socitm Advisory, this piece provides me with the opportunity to share my experiences, and encourage others to join a graduate programme that is tailored to the graduate, providing autonomy on the path they wish to take.

Tell us a little about your education...

I have achieved a BA, MA and Ph.D in History, and have also won awards from my work. Anyone would think I'm a history buff!

How did you find out about the Socitm Advisory Future Consultant Programme and why did you apply?

I discovered the scheme on W4mp.org. I had considered working in consultancy before but was put off by the companies I researched and the schemes they offered. Socitm Advisory, on the other hand, is a friendly and supportive organisation that is determined to better society, as well as do the very best for its clients.

How did you find the application process for the Future Consultant Programme?

Refreshing is the best word I can use to describe it. The interviews were relaxed; they were conversations, not quick-fire question and an​swer dialogues, which I don't believe get the best out of anyone.

How have you found your time at Socitm Advisory?

Eventful - lots of varied work to get my teeth into. I'm dedicated to learning and have learnt so much since joining Socitm Advisory. Getting to grips with the technology has been my biggest challenge. I look at this, as I do everything, as an opportunity to learn rather than a dislike.

What have you already been doing as part of the Future Consultant Programme?

My first project has been with the commercial and procurement team working at Wiltshire Council assisting the council with its ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning). Initially, I was tasked with learning about commercial law and ERP. Since then, I've been on the front line contacting potential suppliers and working on spreadsheets.

As you continue in your rotations what are you most looking forward to?

I'm looking forward to learning more about the business and consultancy in general. I also look forward to the training days/workshops, as they are always informative and provide a good opportunity to catch up with colleagues.

Socitm Advisory offers an excellent, well-supported graduate programme that is tailored to the graduate, therefore, giving she or he as much autonomy on the path they wish to take. I was drawn to this and applied. I'm so glad I did. My advice to anyone who is thinking about applying to the programme is to go for it - it may be the best career decision you make.