what's your current role at KFC? I am on the graduate programme and I am a Restaurant Manager, running my own restaurant.
What did you study at university? I studied Law (Mlaw) at Northumbria University.
What did you want to be when you were growing up? A doctor
Why did you choose law? The wig. After completing my degree I realised that wanting to wear a wig in court wasn't exactly a good enough reason to do that for the rest of my life, one day they might have decided to scrap the wigs and then I would have nothing.
What was your first touch point with kfc? As a child KFC Family Night was a bit of a tradition in my family, one Sunday night every month we'd play board games and get a KFC. Now when I see a family come into my restaurant it reminds me of those nights.
Why did you apply to the kfc graduate scheme? I wanted to apply for a scheme which I knew I would put me out of my comfort zone, this may sound daunting for a lot of people but it has developed me as a person so much. There's no point in lying about it, the salary was also very attractive!
What's the best thing about the programme Being able to take charge of your own career. If you want something in this company there's nothing stopping you from getting it. You can contact anyone you want whether it be the MD or the CFO they're more than happy to chat to you.
What's the worst thing about the programme? Trying to switch off. When you are running a million pound business nothing is ever done. I find it difficult to switch off and sometimes this means on my days off I'm on the phone to the restaurant trying to find out how everything is, when in reality I just need to switch off and relax for the day.
What's do you think are the most important characteristics for someone considering the kfc graduate programme? Don't be afraid to get stuck in. Working in restaurant has been one of the most challenging things I have ever had to do. At university we are so used to being mentally challenged and whilst you will be mentally challenged on the programme, you need to be prepared for the physical challenge. The 5am starts and the 12am finishes; it's tough, but certainly worth it.