Team profile – Rachel
Why did you choose to apply for Javelin Group?
Javelin Group works with top retailers and brands, which gives a privileged view into their inner workings and challenges. Our industry focus and short projects (typically 4-12 weeks) means that the learning curve is steep and graduates rapidly gain industry experience and expertise across diverse sectors from consumer products to homewares or fashion.
Another real differentiator was the individuals whom I met during the application process. Not only were they really intelligent and knowledgeable about their field, but they were also down-to-earth and approachable.
What is the work/life balance like?
The work at Javelin is fast paced, but there is a focus within the office on achieving a strong work life balance. With the exception of the very occasional late night, we are out of the office at a reasonable time and are able to protect certain evenings in advance if we have specific plans. There are also lots of social events including dinners, drinks and team sports like touch rugby and 5-aside football. There is also a four-day company trip to the Alps, where last year we stayed in a chalet complete with four course dinners and a hot tub!
Do you have any advice for applicants?
Retail knowledge is of primary importance – I’d recommend spending time looking at high street shops, supermarkets and websites, but analysing them from the point of view of customer experience and looking out for any helpful technological or multi-channel features. Reading about current retail trends is equally important – Retail Week and retail sections of major newspapers are a good starting point. I’d also make sure to practice mental maths, aptitude tests and case studies (especially market sizing). The classic advice of ‘be yourself’ also rings true – since every project involves working in a team, we’re looking for people who are genuine and friendly.
Magdelen College, University of Oxford