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Hannah Myles

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Planner / Dispatcher

After obtaining a 2:1 BA (Hons) degree in International Business with French from the University of Edinburgh in 2014, I like many other new graduates, was still unsure of which particular field of business I wanted to pursue my career in. My degree gave me a great insight into many different areas of business; from globalization and trade; strategy and decision making; business research methods and models; marketing and human resource management. As well as this, I was constantly learning and developing my command of the French language which added a cultural aspect to my degree.

Having spent my 3rd year studying in France, at Paris Dauphine, where I conducted 60% of my studies in French, I was able to further develop my knowledge and understanding of business processes and practices abroad, in areas that I had already studied at home in Edinburgh. It allowed me to meet, work and liaise with a vast selection of people from an array of cultures which in turn gave me a greater insight into peoples behaviour. All of these aspects combined meant that what I did know upon leaving university, was that I had a keen interest in the international market and that I wanted to work for a well-respected, reputable company that would offer excellent personal development opportunities, allow me to work with individuals from all different locations, and one which would push me and challenge me to further my potential and reach my career objectives.

I joined HOYER in April 2016. Initially, I had come across the Graduate Management Scheme in 2015 which caught my attention. I interviewed in Huddersfield, where I was short listed as one of the final two candidates. I was extremely impressed right from the offset with the whole recruitment process, the people, the professional yet welcoming impression right from the moment I walked through the door. It was immediately clear to me that this company was all about good people and striving to find those with a “can do, will do” attitude. It was also evident that the best way to learn is by doing it yourself, being challenged and pushed past your boundaries. As my degree was not directly linked to logistics, it was felt that for the moment, I would be well suited for a role in the Planning Department as a start point, an area I had previous experience in. This is something that I welcomed with open arms, and I looked at this as getting myself in the door.

I have enjoyed my time as a planner at HOYER thoroughly, working in a fast-paced environment with lots of different characters and levels of seniority and every day is different. This role poses daily challenges that must be solved in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. From a few days in you are given lots of responsibility and must be able to manage your own time effectively and work to tight deadlines. New obstacles are faced daily and I have enjoyed being pushed from my comfort zone. Possessing good communication skills and being able to manage your own time well is a major plus for anyone coming into this type of working environment due to the ever changing nature of the job and the unpredictable situations that arise. I have met some great friends here in the past year, some of whom I really feel like I’ve known for years. I am eager to use this experience to further my career with the company in the future and am very keen on personal development and the opportunities that may arise off the back of my degree going forward in my career with HOYER.

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