Career Stories – Katie Graham
Can you tell us a little about your journey to Vercity?
My journey here has been based on luck. When I was 17 I left sixth form during my first year and continued working my retail part time job. I worked in retail until at 23 I left to work in a print shop as an apprentice dealing with the web orders.
When I left, I had little to no experience in an office environment, but I went for an interview at Gentoo Homes in the hope I would get the job, and I did! In that job I learnt a lot, I was working under quantity surveyors, which helped me get my first full time job at Bellway Homes as a Commercial Assistant, from there I went to another house builder and finally Vercity!
So that interview with Gentoo was lucky given that I had no real experience, and it gave me that foot in the door to get to where I am now.
What has been your experience at Vercity?
My experience at Vercity has been fantastic. I’ve worked across a few different departments now and I’ve been involved in several projects and met so many people along the way. Now I’m involved in Marketing and Communications, and really excited to see where that takes me.
What career/life advice would you give your younger self?
I believe in the Butterfly Effect. That everything you have done or been through gets you to where you need to be. I think the advice I would give myself is “Keep going, everything you are doing now will be 100% be worth it one day”.
What do you enjoy outside of work?
I love to cook! I am always cooking and baking in the kitchen. I’ve recently joined the gym, which is a 5-minute walk from my house, so I go for an hour a day before work. I go so I can eat all the goodies I cook in the kitchen! Oh, and I enjoy going to football matches with my Husband. I even met Joe Linton at Newcastle train station after the match recently.
What life achievement are you most proud of?
My family. I have 3 beautiful daughters of my own and 2 stepdaughters. As you can imagine, life is busy, especially with a baby! But I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am so proud of my girls, they truly are the joy of my life. I’m recently married, and we have just moved into our lovely forever home where our children are thriving.
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