Zara Smyth, Franchise Relationship Manager at Unitemps
“There are great opportunities to develop your career, and the people you would work alongside are very supportive, friendly and make coming to work enjoyable!”
How did you come to work at WEG? Initially, I worked in commercial recruitment, focussing on the recruitment of staff within FE Colleges and Prison Education. I greatly enjoyed working within education, but I was looking for something a bit different and a new challenge. This was when I came across a role within Unitemps, Warwick Employment Group and decided to apply! What is your current role? I have just started a new role as a Franchise Relationship Manager within the Unitemps Franchise Team. I work with universities to open their own campus-based Unitemps office to help them tackle higher education issues and enhance student experience and employability prospects. As a team, we attend various HE conferences across the UK and meet with staff at prospective partner universities to highlight the positives of joining the Unitemps Franchise network. I also account manage the existing Unitemps branches within the franchise network. Can you tell me about the development opportunities you have had? I started working for WEG nearly 5 years ago, initially as a Franchise Project Assistant. Working within a supportive environment, and being given the opportunity to work on projects across different departments, has enabled me to learn new skills and develop on my existing ones. This has all helped lead me to the role I am doing now. I have also had the opportunity to attend various training courses across the university, such as project management workshops, and I have been able to use my Warwick Learning Vouchers to learn a new language! What do you enjoy most about working here? I really enjoy the varied role that working for WEG provides; there are always new projects starting up across the different brands, allowing further insight into what is changing in the near future. The fact that we are based on campus at a university is also great as there is always something going on! Lastly, the people who I work with at WEG make the company great. They are always happy to help with any questions I have and really do support the development of their staff. What would you say to others thinking about working at WEG? I would definitely recommend it. There are great opportunities to develop your career, and the people you would work alongside are very supportive, friendly and make coming to work enjoyable!