I’ve been working for the Co-op for the last 8 years and I plan to be here for many more. For me, Co-op is a lifelong career. I’ve enjoyed every year that I’ve worked here, and I’m so happy to have found a career that fits around my life. I’ve previously worked for other retail companies, but Co-op has a much nicer feel thanks to a positive team, flexibility and community work.
I joined as a Customer Team Member working in our Battersea store. It was perfect for me as I was given flexible shifts to fit around being a student at that time. Two years later, I was approached by my manager, Anuj, to apply for a team leader position. I knew it was something I wanted to do, and Anuj had been very supportive of my career development, so I went for it. I’ve worked in various stores as a team leader – St Pauls being a key highlight for me. Being a flagship store, I met so many new Co-op colleagues and even our CEO, Steve Murrells.
Working in the Team Leader role came to an end in 2018 when my student visa expired, so I returned home to India for the year to spend some time with my family. After a year, I returned to the UK and joined the Co-op again where I left off.
The community involvement that the Co-op has is great – there’s so many projects and local causes in the local community that we’re able to support. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been able to give food to the local food banks to support the homeless. It’s amazing what we’re doing and that makes us different to other retailers.
I’ve had so much support and encouragement from my managers over the years and the Co-op has taught me so much. It’s a great place to work, with great colleagues and most importantly I feel involved in decisions too.