If you are graduating this fall 2017 or in spring 2018 and have never heard of rotational or leadership development programs before, read on! They may be the perfect solution for establishing yourself as a professional while enhancing your exposure to a given company and enhancing your growth potential within it. So what are they exactly?
Rotational programs provide new graduates with the opportunity to explore the various functions of an organization. By the time you have completed the program, you should have a well-rounded understanding of how the organization operates and how different departments interact.
Development programs offer a slightly different experience, but are also a powerful step to launch a career. The programs are designed to accelerate career growth, personal development, and early roles of responsibility.
Here are some examples of employers that offer programs like these:
Anheuser-Busch InBev (Labatt Breweries of Canada) offers a variety of graduate programs: Global Management Trainee Program, Logistics Development Program, Brewery Development Program, and Sales Development Program.
The Global Management Trainee Program is a rotational program where new graduates receive intensive instruction – or as they call it, a “deep dive” – into different business functions. Participants travel to different worksites across North America as they progress through the program. Check out the infographic below for an outline of their 10-month schedule:
PepsiCo has regional Leadership Development Programs across Canada in various career areas, such as supply chain, sales, finance, and marketing. No matter which field you pursue, the program aims to foster career growth by building a strong foundation of leadership and technical skills.
Royal Bank of Canada has seven new-graduate programs over four areas of the organization, including personal & commercial banking, capital markets, global technology and operations, and global functions. Most programs are 12 months and some include mentorship and rotational positions.
Other examples include:
- Maple Leaf Foods – Leadership Track Career Development Program
- J. D. Irving – Career Track
- Restaurant Brands International (Tim Horton’s & Burger King parent corporation) – Leadership Development Program
- Aviva – Global Graduate Leadership Programme
- Bell Canada – offers five different programs
- HSBC – offers seven different programs
The time to apply is now
Most graduate rotational and leadership development programs conduct their application and hiring process in September, some start even earlier. If you are interested in learning more or want to apply, visit the site links provided above and look for relevant job postings on myCareer under the Career Services section of the site. You may also have the opportunity to connect directly with recruiters for these companies on campus, as some will be hosting information sessions this fall. Check the myCareer event calendar to see the full event list and register to attend.