How to become an operations graduate: James' story

Meet James, 23, from Somerset, and find out more about his life as a manager. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

"Working for an international business is great because of the opportunities it presents. For instance, I've always wanted to travel around Europe. I'm working for a German company and this will enable me to travel whilst earning."

  • James is halfway through a 15-month graduate scheme, working towards a full-time operations management position for the UK's second largest delivery company, Hermes.

  • After his A-levels, James studied Geography at university. However, he wasn't too sure if this was the career path for him, so he did a Business Management master's degree to open up more doors in the future

  • He chose this graduate scheme because he gets to try out different areas of the company, which means that he learns a lot whilst he is working and has the chance to be a manager early on in his career.

James is an operations graduate. A role similar to James' is a warehouse manager. Warehouse managers are responsible for the smooth running of a warehouse, making sure goods are received, stored and sent out safely and efficiently.

What to expect if you want to be a warehouse manager

  • Warehouse manager average salary: £23,000 to £34,000
  • Warehouse manager typical working hours: 40 to 42 hours per week. You could work evenings, weekends and bank holidays on shifts.

What qualifications do you need to be a warehouse manager?

You could get into this role via a college course, a university course, working your way into the role or applying directly.

This information is a guide and is constantly changing. Please check the National Careers Service website for the latest information and all the qualifications needed. (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

Want to know more?

Find out more about how to become a warehouse manager on the National Careers Service website (England), nidirect (Northern Ireland), My world of Work (Scotland) and Careers Wales (Wales)

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