Charlotte Rowland

Charlotte Rowland

What experiences at Leeds have particularly helped with your career?

I lived alone while I was at Leeds, which meant I grew independently as a person. This made me more outgoing and confident. These are skills that employers really search for in university students. Also, while applying for graduate schemes, I found that the Engineering Employability team were extremely positive and encouraging. I think the team gave me the initial boost I needed to reassure me that I was capable. On my course, we did a lot of group project work which really helped me to learn a lot about people management.

What was the best aspect of study at Leeds?

The staff members – including lecturers, PhD students and post docs – all made my time at Leeds very engaging and I learnt a lot from working alongside some great people. I found my research project really interesting and I enjoyed working with the team in my school.

What have you been doing since finishing your studies? 

I completed my Masters degree and had a one-week holiday before joining Nestlé as a Manufacturing Graduate. The graduate scheme has given me a chance to quickly develop as a person, learning about Nestlé and how to become a leader within the company. After finishing the scheme, I’d like to become a leader within the factory and, after that, work abroad for a period of time with Nestlé.

What is your role and what does it involve?

I am working as a Manufacturing and Goal Alignment Graduate. It is a two-year scheme where I do four six-month placements in any of our 13 factories/offices in the UK and Ireland. In each placement, I learn different roles and aspects of manufacturing such as focused improvement, goal alignment (governance) and continuous improvement. I work closely with the engineers and factory leaders to deliver rapid results using problem solving and hands-on techniques. 

What would you say to students thinking about studying the same course at Leeds?

Leeds is a great place to study and live. There is so much to get involved with that you’ll never be bored and you’ll develop as a person at the same time. Everyone who teaches you is a specialist in their field.