Meet Sophia, who studied Classics at Oxford
Sophia joined our Core Graduate Programme in September 2017 after completing her Classics degree at Oxford University.
What led you to study Classics at Oxford?
Oxford has a fantastic reputation so I jumped at the opportunity to study there. The Classics degree at Oxford is really diverse and broad and that was a big motivator for me; there were over 150 modules to choose from and I had the opportunity to study modules including Latin Language, Archaeology, Ancient History, Literature and Modern Philosophy.
What encouraged you to apply to Admiral?
I first found out about Admiral whilst interning at the Civil Service. My placement was in HR and I undertook research into HR best practice in the South Wales area. Every time I was asked to benchmark, Admiral’s name came up.
I then came across the graduate programme when looking at the Admiral Jobs site and I was drawn to the opportunities on offer to rotate around the business. I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do when I left university, so I was keen to join a graduate scheme where I was able to do a bit of everything. The variety and breadth of Admiral’s programme was something that really stood out for me and set it apart from other graduate schemes.
Had you ever considered a career in insurance?
I can’t say I had. However, once I found out about the company I realised that there are so many different aspects of insurance that I’d never considered before. I learn something new every day and am excited to learn even more in the months ahead.
What was your impression of the interview process?
It was really good. During the telephone and face-to-face interview, everyone was really friendly and it wasn’t daunting. I found it quite conversational - discussing my strengths and weaknesses and whether I’d be a good cultural fit.
Did you enjoy your first day?
Yes, it was great! I was able to meet the other grads in the reception beforehand, so we were able to get to know each other a little bit before the working day started. We spent the first day settling in and learning about the basics of insurance.
What did your training consist of?
None of the grads on my intake had come from insurance backgrounds, so it was an intense learning period. We had lots of information to take in, but the information was presented at a pace that was challenging but manageable.
By the end of the five weeks, I felt like I had a solid understanding of insurance and of Admiral’s business model.
Where are you currently working?
I’m working in the Car Access Team, which is a team that deals with new, short-term car insurance products. It’s a really fast paced and dynamic team as we’re constantly adding new features to our website. It’s very exciting because I witness the things that I’m working on go live on a weekly basis. There’s also so much variety to the role, which I love.
Have you utilised skills from your degree?
Yes, lots! I’ve utilised my research and writing skills and my ability to think in a logical way. One example is that the laws of logic I learnt as part of my philosophy modules proved really useful when trying to understand pricing models. Your degree will come in useful in so many strange and unexpected ways.
I’m also learning a lot of new skills as part of the scheme, such as product ownership, project management, and I’m becoming more and more comfortable working with data sets as well.
What are your plans for your next placement?
My first placement is in a new product environment, so I’d like to try a long-standing department next, such as motor, household or one of the contact centres. I think it’s really important to understand how the bulk of the business operates in order to continue to develop my skills.
What do you enjoy most about working in the Car Access Team?
The variety! I’ve worked on so many different tasks and projects, ranging from Product to Marketing, so I never know what I’ll be working on next! It’s an exciting and engaging department to work in.
Do you have any advice for anyone thinking of applying for the Admiral Graduate Programme?
Don’t be put off if you don’t know much about insurance, because you will have skills that are transferrable and attributes that will serve you well in the company. There are so many opportunities available so definitely apply!
You can find out more about our grads and interns’ experiences in our graduate blogs.