Why do a placement at Be Fuelcards?

Be Fuelcards are proud to help provide a stepping stone for young careers!

Work placements enables not just the student to benefit but also us as a company by getting a fresh perspective on our business.

Be Fuelcards have been working closely with Sheffield Hallam University and Northumbria University over the past years to ensure we provide the experience the students are requiring. It encourages students to expend on their current knowledge and enthusiasm, giving them a flavour of what to expect once they have graduated.

They are treated just the same as any other employee and also get involved with all the activities and events the organisation arranges whilst they are with us.

To find out the positions available for next year’s placement, please email: marketing@befuelcards.co.uk

Hear it from the guys themselves:

Elliot Franklin, MI Assistant, Be Fuelcards

12 month Business Development placement (2016 – 2017)

“I’ve been working at Be Fuelcards for the past 10 months now. The experience I have gained so far is interesting and different to anything I have learned before. Working in an office environment and working with different people has really made me understand how important it is to be able to get on with everyone. Now I have a much broader understanding of my role and the business. From this, I have more responsibility now and have the opportunity to get involved with project work. This is a great sense of achievement and seeing my actions have an impact on the performance of the business is a great accomplishment for me and what I wanted to achieve from this placement. If you have a placement job at Be Fuelcards you will definitely benefit and take a lot away with you. Looking forward to the next couple of months here and see what other exciting work I will be getting involved in.”

What is your best memory of Be? 

The best moment so far I’ve experienced is when we had an afternoon lesson playing the Digeridoo! I have learnt a lot from team orientated activities on this placement but to have time dedicated to having fun with my colleagues during work hours was a great reward!

Funniest moment at Be?

The Christmas party is up there definitely! There was a long build up to it but it definitely exceeded my expectations.

The one skill you will take away with you and remember for life that you learnt at Be?

I have learnt many valuable skills during my time at Be, an obvious choice would be what I’ve learnt using the IT software (which is great to have on my cv!). However, I would have to say that working with my manager Nick and picking up on techniques he uses, I have gained problem-solving and analytical skills myself.

What are your aspirations for the future?

I intend to secure a place on a graduate scheme (Data analysis) once I have finished my final year of university. This would allow me to put the skills I have gained on my placement into practice and get on the right track for my career.

Oliver Hempsall, Marketing Assistant, Be Fuelcards

12 month Business Development placement (2016 – 2017)

I’ve been at Be Fuelcards for around 10 months now and I have learnt so much in such a short space of time. I cannot believe the level of responsibility that I have received whilst working here, which has in effect helped me learn so much more and help me add so much to my CV.

All the experience I have gained will prove to be vital when looking for a graduate job when my university degree has ended. I thank everyone at Be Fuelcards for the opportunity I have received during my time here. 

What is your best memory of Be? 

My best memory of Be is the working environment itself. The close-knit group I would work with daily made the working life a lot better! 

Funniest moment at Be?

Has to be the Christmas party, it was a laugh from start to finish. The next morning at work wasn’t as funny mind you. 

The one skill you will take away with you and remember for life that you learnt at Be?

It would be hard to pick out one skill in particular as I have learnt so much during my time at here, but if I had to choose one it would be my organisational skills. 

At the start of my placement, I was hopeless at managing my workload as I had never had to be this organised before in my life! Thankfully I became more organised over my time here and I will now use this skill in every aspect of my life. 

What are your aspirations for the future?

My ongoing aspiration is to see as much of the world as I can, I also want to get into a marketing graduate scheme after uni. 

Harry Smoothy, MI Assistant, Be Fuelcards

12 month Business Development placement (2015 – 2016)

“During my placement at Be Fuelcards, I have had the chance to understand the different departments of the business. The main role I undertake is to generate reports for the business and to generate new leads for different departments.

I have had the opportunity to gain a wider experience than most internships. At Be Fuelcards I am treated with the same respect as the full time staff, along with the responsibilities that come with it, which is why this placement opportunity is invaluable and rewarding.”

What is your best memory of Be?

My best memory of Be is the friendly and relaxed working environment they have created. Also the people I have closely worked with over the past 12 months (Kavita + Picks).

 Funniest moment at Be?

The Christmas party has to be my funniest moment. It exceeded my expectations and I had a wonderful time, well assisted by free beer.

The one skill you will take away with you and remember for life that you learnt at Be?

I have learnt many valuable skills during my time at Be. The one that will stick with me for life is the skill of collaborating. There are many different personalities within the work place and it is important to adjust your approach for each to then efficiently complete the job.

What are your aspirations for the future?

I intend to secure a place on a graduate scheme (Marketing) once I have finished my final year of university. This would allow me to put the skills I have gained on my placement into practice to give myself the best possible chance of securing a decent job in the future.

Jordan Clark, Account Manager, Be Fuelcards

12 month Business Development placement (2015 – 2016)

“I was overwhelmed by the level of trust the business put’s in the placement students, I really have been making an active contribution to the business since I started. It’s all about making the most of my account base through regular contact and generating new business to ensure the business is constantly moving forward.

There is no denying that you have to work hard, be persistent and have a genuine desire to learn more about the product and the processes of the business. The skills I have learned here will allow me to excel in a commercial environment in the future which is exactly what I wanted from my placement year.”

What is your best memory of Be?

My best memory of Be would probably have to be the Christmas party. There was so much time and effort gone into the venue and making sure we had a good night and I really enjoyed myself.

Funniest moment at Be?

My funniest moment at Be was when we were raising money for Leeds Children Charity and we had an office fitness day. I cycled 8k in suit pants and a purple Leeds Children’s Charity T-Shirt and then a lady from Pure Gym came in to take a circuits class. We were all doing press-ups/ Burpees etc. all in suit clothes but the day itself was fun.

The one skill you will take away with you and remember for life that you learnt at Be?

The main skills I will take away from Be would be the general professionalism and commercial understanding I have gained over the past year. Learning how to make deals happen by changing my approach depending on the company and what they wanted. My organisational skills were something that needed a lot of work and this job has really enhanced them.

What are your aspirations for the future?

My main aspirations for the future are to be an entrepreneur and to travel the world.

Amy Oxley, MI Assistant, Be Fuelcards

12 month Business Development placement (2014 – 2015)

Previously on a 12 month placement (2014 – 2015), Amy is now completing her final year degree in XXXXX at Sheffield Hallam University. She has also secured a position on the Fujitsu Graduate Scheme for XXXX.

Be Fuelcards has a fun and friendly working environment where you really are treated as any other employee and not just a placement student; my placement year provided me with invaluable experience and knowledge. From day one I was given real responsibilities such as planning and sending out email campaigns, carrying out monthly reports on the business’ performance and creating new reports to assist with different areas of the business. I learnt how marketing really works within a business whilst utilising many different programmes such as Crystal Reports, CRM and email marketing software. The experience, skills and knowledge gained from my placement year at Be Fuelcards has made me much more hard-working and determined to succeed in my final year at University and eager to get back out into the real world to make a difference in business.

What is your best memory of Be?

The people – everyone at Be are great! Everybody is welcoming and friendly

Funniest moment at Be?

The dancing that comes out at social events

The one skill you will take away with you and remember for life that you learnt at Be?

Work proactively

Cory Johnson, Account Manager, Be Fuelcards

12 month Business Development placement (2014 – 2015)

Previously on a 12 month placement (2014 – 2015), Cory has now completed his final year degree in Business & Marketing at Sheffield Hallam University. He has also secured a full time graduate position at Boots as of September 2016.

“My time at BE was likely the most beneficial thing to come from my degree. The company pushes a “hands on” mantra that means you get chance to experience a huge range of job roles in the short time you’re there, meaning you quickly develop into an integral member of the company regardless of the graduate job title. The people themselves are what make the company so fantastic and help to make working life a pleasure, my manager Mark was genuinely a fantastic mentor and somebody who takes a genuine interest in your ambitions. Working at BE provided me with all the experience needed to get my position at Boots’ head office, allowing me to move home to Nottingham to be back with my family. One piece of advice I would give to future graduates is to put in the hard work as that effort will rewarded; how far you progress is entirely down to you.”

Funniest moment at Be?

Surely it has to be the Christmas party, I don’t think I can ever forget Geraint’s dancing or Chris Cottey falling asleep in the toilet!

The one skill you will take away with you and remember for life that you learnt at Be?

There are so many that I learned it would be impossible to list them all, but I think they can be summed up using the term “commercial sense”. The ability to think commercially (and critically) will serve you in all aspects of life both professional and personal and is the most important skill for progressing your career.

What are your aspirations for the future?

My ambition is to eventually own my own business, preferably a bar.