Get a Graduate Job at Kerry Foods


Gemma Hurt, Early Careers Lead

Gemma Hurt, Kerry Foods

Having been in graduate recruitment for more years than I care to remember, meeting thousands of graduates my one piece of advice is to be yourself. I see graduates prepping so hard for assessment centres, trying to turn themselves into who they think the employer wants them to be rather than showing up as the best version of themselves. I totally understand why they want a job. But how about getting a job based on being 100% you, a company that values the uniqueness of you & what you can bring.

Saying that, you need to be assessed against some criteria, of course, that makes sense. At Kerry Foods our values are at the heart of everything we do so we assess our graduates against them. But we think they are pretty accessible and easily relatable and still let graduates show up as themselves. Our values are:

  • Ownership
  • Openminded
  • Forward Looking 
  • Better Together
  • Courageous
  • On It

Hopefully, some or all of them resonate with you?

Being yourself also means only applying to companies you want to work for, not who you think you should work for, or your mates or family want you to. Make sure you learn about the company, get excited about what they do. It will help you demonstrate passion through the recruitment process, and if you don’t feel passionate, it means its not right for you. If you aren’t excited about applying, then you won’t be excited turning up each day for work. So stop the application & move on to what will get you out of bed in the morning. For us, you need to be passionate about food because we are a food business. We love our products and our customers and get a great sense of pride that we have an opportunity to impact the lives of 60 million people each week. Pretty impressive. 

If you want to learn more about Kerry Foods head to & you can see what our graduates are up to on Instagram @kerryfoodsgraduates.