Jaanki, Finance

I joined Home Retail Group about two years ago, through their A Level scheme. It gave me the opportunity to work in Finance and get professional qualifications at the same time. It was exactly what I was looking for. I worked in two different roles on the scheme: first, Assistant Accountant, then Assistant Marketing Finance Analyst. My role with Homebase is my first role since coming off the A Level Scheme.

"I felt I was really part of something"

“Another thing that drew me to Home Retail Group was the sociable culture. I knew there was a big student community – a lot of people like me who I could talk to and grow with. I felt I was really part of something. That was very important for me, especially because I was relocating from Leicester to Milton Keynes. I’ve been able to build relationships and develop a whole new circle of friends here. We have days out, go out for meals; I’ve even been on holiday with my colleagues.”

"I’m now working towards my AAT Level 4"

“When I first joined I only wanted to stay until I qualified, but that’s completely changed. I’ve found that you’re always developing and learning here – there’s always further to go. I’ve gained my Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Level 3 qualification, but I’m now working towards my AAT Level 4, and even though I’ve only just come into my current role, I can already see there’s room to move up and progress.”