Graduate Blog

“It’s proof that Asda is keen to recognise and encourage potential.” Jess, 21, youngest Asda Store Manager. Ever.



After only six months of joining the Asda Graduate Scheme, 21-year-old Jess became the youngest Asda Store Manager in the country. Jess oversees the running of the store and looks after 94 colleagues. With a passion for retail, Jess enjoys showing other young people the breadth of opportunity in the sector and at Asda.


The Asda Graduate Scheme


As one of ten successful candidates from thousands of applicants, Jess started on the Asda Graduate Scheme in September 2014. The two-year scheme offers people in-depth training at the Asda Academy on all aspects of retail accounts, covering legal issues, leadership, people management and technical training.


When she completed the initial training, Jess took up the role of Fresh Section Manager at an Asda store in London. After only a few months, she was promoted to Deputy Manager. However, people quickly noticed her talents and she received another promotion, becoming the Store Manager within only a few weeks!


What Jess had to say


“I can’t recommend the Retail Graduate Scheme at Asda enough. On top of training, you also get a firsthand, on-the-job experience in a variety of stores. It’s this practical knowledge that has fast-tracked me into management at such a young age, and proof that Asda is keen to recognise and encourage potential”.


“People my age often have a narrow view of retail and only see it as an option when you ‘can’t do anything else’. This just isn’t the case. It’s a fast-paced and dynamic industry with a wide variety of roles to choose from. My advice to candidates applying to the Asda Graduate Scheme? Make sure you have a good knowledge of the sector and be prepared to show your enthusiasm and drive for business. The top three qualities I think you need to succeed in retail are: first class communication skills, dedication and a genuine passion for the job.”


“The training is top notch. Then again, so are the people and connections you make. As part of the scheme, I got to meet our CEO, Andy Clarke. I even got to sit at his table for the Golden Quarter Conference. It was such an honour to meet him and talk about my experience at Asda, as well as my aspirations for the future. ”




Have your say...