Meet our incredible graduates
We’re so proud of their achievements. We hope their stories inspire you to apply for this life-changing scheme. Gradunique was established in 2016 and has been run on an ongoing basis since then.
During the assessment centre, you will have the opportunity to meet and chat to graduates who have completed the Programme as well as those currently participating in the Programme.
If you’re genuinely passionate about starting a career in the charity sector, go for it
Tom Almond, joined in 2018.
“At the beginning of my final year at the University of Leeds, I spent a lot of time looking for graduate schemes, and when I stumbled upon Gradunique it ticked every one of my boxes.
Having worked in politics during my work placement year, I knew I was looking for a career where I could work on a cause or issue about which I was truly passionate. With this in mind, the opportunity to work for two inspiring health charities was too good to pass up.
I was also attracted by the ability to do four placements across different parts of both charities. With my background in politics, I had a definite interest in working within the policy and public affairs team, but I was also keen to experience working in fundraising and the numerous other teams that enable both charities to make such a difference in society.
Since the scheme looked so amazing, I suspected they’d be drowning in qualified applicants, and I wasn’t expecting to get the job. But, I figured someone had to get on the scheme, so it couldn’t hurt to throw my hat in the ring.
I then did my best to put together a written application that I thought best represented both why I wanted to join the scheme and what made me a suitable candidate. After getting through the first stage of the application process, I somehow managed to get through the dreaded video interview stage, and soon found myself at what I’m fairly certain was the friendliest assessment centre in history.
In fact, I remember calling my Mum on the way back from the assessment centre to let her know how it had gone, and saying that I wish it hadn’t seemed like such a nice place to work, because it was going to make the inevitable rejection that much harder.
So, it’s fair to say I was a bit gobsmacked when I got the call to say I’d got the job.
My current highpoint has been the opportunity I was given to help staff our stand at Labour Party Conference, which included an unexpected (and somewhat terrifying) interview live on Sky News. I’ve also organised a couple of roundtable events in parliament, bringing together policy makers, patients, and experts from the health sphere to discuss the impact of artificial intelligence on people living with heart and circulatory conditions.
My advice to people considering applying for the scheme would be as follows: if you’re genuinely passionate about starting a career in the charity sector, go for it. Our most recent intake on the scheme come from across the country and from completely different academic and professional backgrounds, so there’s no one type of candidate the recruitment team are looking for.
It could be you.”
My role is varied, challenging and exciting and I can genuinely see the value I’m adding to the organisation
Elise Meyer, joined in 2017
“I joined Gradunique in Sept 2017 having studied Maths at the University of Surrey. I began the scheme with the BHF’s Corporate Partnership team, before moving over to Individual Giving in March 2018. I then moved over to Macmillan in Sept 2018, and spent the first 6 months in the Services team. My last placement was with Macmillan’s Brand Strategy department so it’s safe to say I’ve had a wide range of placements across the two years! I absolutely loved my time on the scheme so was thrilled to be offered a permanent role as Marketing Executive for Supporter Acquisition in Individual Giving back at the BHF. It’s been great to come back to a team that I loved, particularly knowing that I will continue to be challenged and develop hugely.
Over the course of the two years I learnt so much about how I like to work and the sort of direction I want my career to take. I had no idea when I started the scheme that I would end up in Fundraising but now I couldn’t imagine a more perfect fit! My role is varied, challenging and exciting and I can genuinely see the value I’m adding to the organisation – something that is so important to me. I can’t recommend the scheme enough!”
I feel so lucky to have been part of Gradunique. Over the two years, I got to work across teams, directorates and organisations which meant that I gained a huge variety of skills and knowledge
Emily East, joined in 2016
Emily is now a Legacy Manager with British Heart Foundation. During the Programme, Emily had a variety of placements in different teams, ranging from Individual giving (fundraising) to Philanthropy and partnerships as well as the Public Affairs team.
“I feel so lucky to have been part of Gradunique. Over the two years, I got to work across teams, directorates and organisations which meant that I gained a huge variety of skills and knowledge, and I got to understand the charity sector in a far more broad sense than what I could have hoped for in any other setting.
Having finished the graduate scheme, I’m now in a management level role at the British Heart Foundation – I don’t think I could have hoped to get this sort of role without Gradunique! It equipped me with the tools and techniques to be manager, as well as the confidence to know that I can do it well.”