Ben O’Hargain

Finance Graduate

"One of the best things about working at Caterpillar is that you are encouraged to take and seek responsibility."

What was the application process like?

The process comprised of an online application, phone interview and assessment centre. The recruitment team were very responsive to any queries I had and provided regular, timely updates. This allowed me to stay well-informed about my application progress.

What advice would you give to students applying for your role?

Do it, it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made! Caterpillar is a global leader and a great company to work for. There are a wide variety of roles and opportunities available in Business Resources and each day brings a new challenge.

How much responsibility do you have?

One of the best things about working at Caterpillar is that you are encouraged to take and seek responsibility. In my role, I have regular exposure to the local senior management team, including monthly review meetings with the Finance Director.

What do you most enjoy about your graduate scheme?

One of the things I’ve enjoyed most about the graduate scheme is the support I have received. This includes the direct support from my managers and colleagues but also the financial support that has allowed me to progress with my accounting qualification.

I’ve also enjoyed the obvious scope for progression. Many of my colleagues started their careers on the graduate scheme and have now progressed to become accounting managers. I believe this demonstrates the scheme's effectiveness.

What has been your biggest challenge?

The biggest challenge I’ve had is being able to communicate and explain complex accounting concepts to colleagues who are based outside of Business Resources. This requires simplifying the accounting jargon and making it relatable to the individual.

What is the work environment like?

Most of the Business Resources teams sit in a big, open plan office. There are various teams in the office and it is arranged so that each has their own area. The atmosphere is relatively laid back and everyone is approachable and happy to help where they can.