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Diageo's Dila Yalman discusses her brilliant graduate experience

 August 15, 2023

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Meet Dila Yalman, one of Diageo's Digital & Technology graduates currently in the second rotation of her first year on the programme.

From her biggest piece of advice for anyone looking to apply, to her favourite thing about the programme, Dila reflects on her first six months at Diageo and how she was supported to seamlessly transition from campus to corporate.

Working on a variety of projects 

"The graduate program is made up of six rotations spanning three years, and I have just completed my first rotation as a Media Content and Data Business Analyst. Now, I've moved on to my second rotation as an Enterprise Architect, and I'm working on a variety of projects and getting to know the technological foundations of Diageo," shares Dila. 

"Before joining Diageo I was an economics student at the University of Edinburgh and I came straight from graduating to starting full time in September. Initially I decided to apply to Diageo mainly because of the brands. But after looking at the company behind the brands, I realised conversations around the culture and the values and the standards that Diageo has sounded like the values that I aligned to myself."

A seamless transition from campus to corporate 

"The transition from campus to corporate was relatively seamless," explains Dila. "We have 360 support from our line managers, we have a mentor, we have a buddy, we have program managers and other representatives. This support network really made my transition from a university to corporate culture so much more seamless."

Dila's favourite thing about the program was the exposure they got to all parts of the business.

"The wide range of experiences I get are definitely really rewarding and something that I really enjoy every day," Dila shares. 

"My biggest advice for people looking to apply to Diageo is don't be afraid of talking about non-work related hobbies that you've had because you're more than your academic achievements. Tell them about the time that you've been sporty or when you've entered a photography competition. Be yourself!" 


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