Hi, I’m Anish. I study BSc Business and Management and I’m currently on placement with Unilever for my year in industry.
I found out about Unilever because a business student on placement there from York came in to do a talk during my first year. I applied directly on the company website. Matt from the careers and employability team had a thorough look through my CV. He made some really useful suggestions on content and formatting, which made it much more appealing to read! I successfully got a placement working as a project and process analyst.
My role is project-based, so my day to day tasks are very varied. Typically I’ll use Excel quite a lot and will interface with our vendors Capgemini and Accenture Consulting in a project management capacity. I like the amount of responsibility I’m given on my placement; it gives a genuine feeling that you’re adding value to the business.
The best thing I’ve done so far is leading a Machine Learning project that will influence the way the company forecasts demand globally. It’s a big responsibility, but the best way to learn is doing. You have to take yourself out of your comfort zone to develop and grow: volunteer for things that you don’t feel confident with and you’ll learn as you go.
There’s a lot of bureaucracy, but this is just a shortfall of working at a large corporation. It’s offset by a number of benefits. We have a subsidised canteen, free gym and a free Ben & Jerry’s counter!
Studying at York
York Management School is an up and coming business school and puts a lot of emphasis on employability. I’ve really liked my course so far. I never thought that I was a coursework person, but writing focused essays about topics I’m interested in has been much more enjoyable than I imagined!
Living in York is really nice. People in Yorkshire are really friendly and the city has hundreds of pubs and bars.