NAME: Daksha Hirani, 24
JOB: Branch manager, Enterprise–Rent–a–Car, Waterloo office
DEGREE: 2:2, Retail management, University of the Arts, London
I went to a recruitment fair and there was an Enterprise–Rent–A–Car stand. It just kind of jumped out at me. I’d never thought of it before then.
When I come into work, I know I’m going to have a laugh. The fun factor in our office is amazing. It makes the day go quicker.
My only really daunting challenge was the congestion charge. But we came up with a plan. You learn to work with it, rather than against it.
Get in there as quickly as possible. It’s such a fast–moving business and jobs go like hot cakes. And try to enjoy yourself once you’re in. It’s fun and it’s fast.
It was Easter in her final year and Daksha still hadn’t got round to giving a job much serious thought. But she went with a friend along to a recruitment fair. "I just took some of my CVs along, and thought I’d pick up a couple of application forms. I had no idea what I was heading towards," says Daksha.
It turned out that she was heading towards the Enterprise stand. "They asked me if I liked meeting people, if I liked a challenge… the more they talked about it, the more it sounded like my personality in a job." Daksha says that her role with Enterprise involves pretty much everything she did in her degree – such as HR, logistics, business management and finance. And she recalls that on her first day as a management trainee she glanced at the clock, after what seemed like 10 minutes, and four hours had gone by. "To be able to not look at your watch all day and for the days to fly by is great in any job."
Now manager in the busy Waterloo office, the days still speed along. "I enjoy my role because everyone’s really motivated and focused. At some places the attitude is that ‘it’s just a job’, but here your promotion is in your hands; you’re in charge of your own career. Every day is different. You have challenges to meet every single day and you have to overcome them."
For more information visit Enterprise Rent-a-Car at www.enterprisealive.co.uk