Getting to know... Molly
Everyone that works at M&S is an individual. That’s why we hired them. We spotted something in them that made us say yes to them. Behind every person in every role is a personality. This is Molly’s.
1. Tell us about your biggest ambition.
To work my way up in M&S. When I think about my future, this is what drives me. I’ve always had a desire to be successful and I don’t think I will ever be content until I have reached that goal. For me there is no other company that I want to work for.
2. Who was your favourite teacher and how did they inspire you?
My sixth form history teacher. I’d never studied the subject before; I wasn’t particularly analytical either. When I tried to write something down when I was studying for an exam, I’d just freeze. She turned this around for me. I went from failing the subject to top of the class. She knew that I could do it and wanted to help. So she was prepared to invest the time to coach me and build up my confidence. This is the style of leadership I aim for.
3. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I never knew what I wanted to be; I was average at most things, but never brilliant. However, I’ve always got a buzz from working with people and motivating them. My dream job would be to be in charge of a company so that I can motivate people to motivate others. My dream would be to have a team that is more like a family; where we all working towards the same goal.
4. What do you see as your major strength?
Begin positive. I enjoy working under pressure and get a real buzz from it. I always try to look at the positives in a situation and then work through the negatives in a positive way.
5. What is your proudest moment?
Getting on this scheme; it felt right for me. I knew I wanted to carry on working for M&S and being able to do so through this opportunity still fills me with pride.
6. What’s the most valuable piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Believe in yourself and be yourself. These are such common phrases; but I stick by them. There have been times when I thought I’d never be able to do something. I wish I had just believed that I could do it. If others try and make you fit a mould, just trust that you as an individual are good enough.
7. Tell us something unexpected about you.
I’m clumsy. I can fall over anything and most days, do. People say I’m like Mr Bean as I’m always doing silly things.
8. What makes you tick?
Ambition. Having the opportunity motivates me to succeed in it. I love my job as it brings out my passion for working with people and, together, we make things happen together. I can’t imagine doing anything else.
9. What would you be doing now if you hadn’t made it onto the programme?
I’d probably be going into my second year studying business management. However being on the School Leaver Programme has enabled me to experience what I would have been studying in practice. I’m more than happy with my choice.
10. Which M&S value – Innovative, Inspiration, In Touch, Integrity – do you most identify with and why?
Inspiration. As managers, it’s our responsibility to inspire our teams and to ensure that they enjoy coming to work.
11. What motto do you live your life by?
‘Don’t stress the could haves; if it should have, it would have’. I believe that everything happens for a reason. If something doesn’t work out, it’s for a reason. This doesn’t mean you can sit around and wait for things to happen. The opportunities I have are there for a reason, so I try and make the most of them.
12. You’re cast adrift on a desert island: choose one song to inspire you in your solitude; one personal possession to console you in it; and one M&S product you simply couldn’t do without.
- Song: Believe by Cher
- Possession: Nespresso coffee machine
- Food: M&S profiteroles