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Abdi Dirie

Abdi Dirie

Accountancy Higher Apprentice

Q1: Why did you start your career with Unilever?

It’s a great company, it’s massive and it’s unique in terms of the business valuing the environment, health & wellbeing. Plus, the ways of working here are modern and its a great working environment. I was sure I could develop and learn about finance here.

Q2: What’s your proudest achievement at Unilever?

My proudest achievement is reaching where I am today. I’ve developed, learnt skills, gained knowledge and I’m taking responsibility for financial processes that I didn’t think I would do at this age. Alongside my role,I’m successfully passing my CIMA exams which means I’m on my way to completing my apprenticeship successfully!

Q3: What do you love about working here?

The free Gym! But mainly, the ways of working.Its a friendly and diverse place to work. There are hot desks and sofas so you don’t have to be at your desk 24/7. We have access to free ice cream and a free gym at any time, which motivates me to keep my fitness level high. We can also have a free Nuffield health check every few months. My colleagues are helpful and joyful people and I enjoy the flexibility to work from home.

Q4: What surprised you the most when you started?

I was surprised with the facilities and how modern, flexible and diverse Unilever is.

Q5. Which Unilever brand most interest you and why?

I love Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. I grab one every time I have something good to watch like football or a movie or series. I like Dove as it has a range of products and their soap works wonders for me. I also like Lynx. Vaseline too, always use it. The mayonnaise, incredible with my lunch. I could go on…the magnum ice cream, especially the caramel and raspberry flavour I’ve discovered, amazing. All the brands are great!

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