The Branch Management Fast Track
At Enterprise, MTs are shown how quickly they can progress to branch manager. And fast can be fast. Amy Brereton progressed from intern to branch manager by the time she was 23. Here she explains how it turned on a leap of faith.
I found out about Enterprise through Enactus and then when I won the Rate My Placement Intern of the Year award.
I was at Sheffield studying Business Management, and my course didn’t allow for term time internships.
So I took a risk and deferred university for a year to dedicate myself to interning.
It paid off. I got promoted to management assistant in my intern year and back at university, out of 400 students, the ten of us who decided to take the year out got the best grades.
I had never really heard of Enterprise before my internship. But the more I looked at the founding values, about rewarding hard work, and giving back to the community, I felt it was the place for me.
So after graduating I went back to Enterprise as an assistant manager.
I’ve always known what I’ve wanted to achieve and then planned how to get there. I think I got to branch manager quickly because I started with that end in mind. From day one I knew what I had to do to be branch manager.
My old area manager used to say, “if you’ve got the will, you can teach the skill.” You can’t teach the will, you have to have that.
At the moment I’ve just opened up a new branch. We’re building the brand, buying biscuits and doughnuts, doing everything to increase our name in the area.
My next step is to move to a bigger branch. I’m going to need to prove that all the processes are in place in this new branch, that I’m hitting all core areas of the business, being focused on customers and employee development.
When I was an intern I was promoted above people who were older than me. That remains a challenge. I’ve had staff feel frustrated because they are older and more junior than me. But I was 20 years old when I became an intern, I’ve been here a long time!
I’ve always been driven in terms of my career. I want to be a GM by the time I’m 30. With ESQi we aim for 100 % because no one has hit that and if this is our goal, if we don’t make it we will still be pretty strong. If you aim for the moon even if you fall you will land amongst the stars.