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Ricky studied Bachelor of Commerce at Monash University
What do you love about Property?
One of the things I love about property is seeing tangible results in the work you do. Whether it be delivering new space via new stores or extensions, or seeing a newly refurbished store, you feel some pride when you head out to a store and see the end product of something that you helped deliver.
What is the coolest experience you’ve had in this function so far?
For me it was probably the opportunity to be involved in the divestment of our flagship Coburg North store. Seeing the wide variety of things that need to be considered when undertaking a sale and lease back deal was an invaluable experience that I will draw lessons from for years to come.
A great part of working at Coles is that you have the unique opportunity of positively impacting the lives of millions of Australians. For me in the property team, this comes in the form of making grocery shopping as convenient and enjoyable for customers as possible.
If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice before starting in the Graduate program, what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. One of the Coles values is to ‘be bold’ and the business really encourages graduates to live this value. Part of that is putting yourself out there and taking every opportunity that comes your way. It is inevitable that you will make some mistakes by stepping out of your comfort zone but the lessons learnt will help set you up for a successful career.
Describe a Coles Graduate in 3 words
Passionate, motivated, fun.