Name: Dan Weatherhead
University attended: University of Lincoln
Office: Head Office, Tiddington, Stratford Upon Avon
Department, team or function: Risk Division

Why did you choose the NFU Mutual Graduate Scheme?
I chose the NFU Mutual Graduate Scheme as I grew up locally and had heard so much about the positive culture and development opportunities that the company offer. For the Risk scheme, it was an area of business which interested me but I still was not entirely sure on what I wanted to do. With NFU Mutual offering a graduate scheme which had a number of rotations to different teams and departments, it really appealed to me as it would give me a great chance to explore all the different areas of Risk.

What qualifications are you studying on the scheme?
In my first few months on scheme, I achieved my CII Level 3 certificate. Within my role I have had a number of different opportunities for different qualifications such as the ICA Financial Crime Prevention Certificate and the Certificate of the Business Continuity Institute (CBCI) which I have already achieved. As I progress further through my scheme, there are other qualifications available to me such as the Institute of Risk Managers Certificate which I will also be taking.

How would you describe your onboarding experience?
The onboarding experience was a really engaging and useful experience. Getting to meet all the other PT’s in a relaxed environment really helped to make me feel welcome into the company and settle in quickly. We had lots of activities to take part in and got to have some valuable time with all the directors to listen to their career journey and ask plenty of questions. The L&OD team did a great job in introducing the company to us and making us feel part of the positive culture within the first week and really set me up to get started in my role by the end of the induction week.

Has NFU Mutual done anything to support you in your job, your work/life balance or your life outside of work?
Everyone at NFU Mutual has done an amazing job in supporting me throughout my scheme so far. I have regular catchups with the L&OD team who check in on how I am getting on and discuss my progress. I also speak regularly to my role and placement managers to help get the most out of my scheme and they are very supportive of me and are always looking to enhance my development. The working from home policy has also been very useful for when I have been unable to get into the office and everyone I have met really embodies the culture which NFU Mutual aims to provide.

What advice would you give to somebody else thinking about joining our graduate scheme?
Do it! Spend the time researching and learning about the culture and values of NFU Mutual and be yourself. The graduate programme at NFU Mutual is a great scheme and will do the best to develop and help you through every step of the way as you make that jump into the working world. I would highly recommend it!

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