Introducing the newest members of the IAG Cargo Graduate Scheme- Part 1

Thinking about joining the IAG Cargo graduate programme? Want to have the unique opportunity to rotate around different key departments within a global business? Look no further- applications to the IAG Cargo Graduate Scheme are open until 31st March, so we spoke with six of our current graduates to find out about their experience so far, what inspired them to join the logistics industry, and the advice they’d give to people looking to apply to the programme.

Jasmine Wykes

Why did you apply to the graduate scheme?

It’s an invaluable chance to experience different roles at IAG Cargo. Getting to know various sectors comes with a range of challenges and learning opportunities that give an all-round understanding of the business. I also loved the idea of playing an important part in large-scale operations in the aviation industry and working with globally recognised organisations.

Tell us about your current role.

My first placement is in Transformation, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. I’m involved in leading several projects myself, from sustainability to digitisation. No two days are the same here.

What have you enjoyed the most so far?

I’m excited to have so much responsibility this early in my career. I’ve taken opportunities to manage my own projects, and I’ve been working with senior leadership. Sometimes it feels like being thrown into the deep end, but I believe it’s the best way to grow in a fast-paced environment. I’ve also enjoyed helping to improve sustainability, as I’m passionate about creating a greener future.

Sam McLoughlin

Tell us about your current role.

I’ve been working in Worldwide Operations. My time has been split between analytics and area management. I focus on developing robust forecasting reports, which will help me in different facilities in the upcoming months.

What interesting things have you learned so far?

I studied Biomedical Science, so understanding how life-saving pharmaceuticals are shipped around the world has been really fascinating.

What are your ambitions at IAG Cargo?

I’m looking forward to developing my project management and networking capabilities. I’m thankful there are plenty of opportunities to allow me to reach my goals – I’m already running a couple of important projects alongside my current role.

Birajith Baskaran

Tell us about your current role.

I’m working in the Worldwide Operations department as a Performance Analyst. This requires examining data trends of cargo arriving and leaving our freight handling facilities in Premia and Ascentis. I also conduct root cause analysis to recognise opportunities for improvement.

Best thing about the programme so far?

Rotating departments after six months to gain knowledge and experience in a range of areas. It’s also great that you can step into a role with no prior experience – learning in a strong team provides the knowledge and skills needed.

Advice for others looking to join?

Being part of the programme allows you to get familiar with the business and those you work with. It’s an opportunity to learn and develop a wide range of skills. A nice touch is the perks that you get such as the indoor gym, bike-to-work scheme, and discounted flights.

Shalom Gbenga-Oji

What aspects of the graduate scheme stood out for you when applying? 

Through university education and work experience, I knew I wanted to be somewhere at the intersection between engineering, business and management. I have also always wanted to work within the aviation industry, so IAG Cargo’s graduate scheme was attractive to me as it hit all those points. Another thing was the opportunity for career growth and development – it was clear during the interview process that this was a priority for the company.

Tell us about your current role?

I am currently working within the Marketing and External Communications team. I am helping create marketing content, and learning about our loyalty programme, Forward Rewards, with the aim to contribute to making the programme a better experience for customers.

What other areas of the business would you like to work in as part of your rotation?

I am interested in Data Analysis, Operations and Business Transformation.

Alex Rain

Tell us about your current role.

I’m currently within Team North America in Revenue Management. So far, I’ve been applying my analytical skills within a fiscal environment – something that I’ve always wanted to do. Having real responsibility from day one has been challenging at times, but it’s essential in growing my confidence and communication skills. I’ve had incredible insight into how IAG Cargo is run, and I’m looking forward to seeing how each department is interlinked as I move around the business.

What are your goals at IAG Cargo?

It would be great to continue developing my skills in problem-solving, teamwork and critical thinking. In terms of personal growth, I’d like to feel confident in decision-making and negotiation, and have a well-rounded view of operations and finance. I hope to finish the graduate scheme feeling accomplished.

Any advice to share with other graduates?

IAG Cargo has a strong focus on supporting individual growth. Be prepared to step out of your comfort zone, as the aviation industry is constantly evolving. You must be open minded to get the most out of your experience.

Mohammed Nasralla

Tell us about your current role. 

As a Performance Manager in Operations Control, I’m leading efforts to improve and consolidate our business continuity plans across all areas to enhance operational resilience. I’ve also been researching data insights to identify opportunities to optimise performance. 

Any perks of the graduate scheme?

There are some amazing perks, including discounted travel and other employee benefits. The scheme also invests in your learning and development by offering opportunities for skill-building and career advancement. 

Applications close 31st March 2023. Apply here today!