Emma Buckley

Graduate Scheme – 2008 to 2011
Marketing Executive – 2011 to present

“After University, I was lucky enough to gain a place on the Merlin Entertainments Graduate Programme. My first placement was at Chessington World of Adventures Resort, in the Food & Beverage team, and I really enjoyed my time there. I moved about and worked in different attractions as part of the programme, but Chessington Resort always stood out for me. Walking past Penguins, and hearing Lions roar on your way into work, as well as the variety that the park has to offer, it really has something for everyone.”

A job like no other

“Since joining in April 2011, I’ve worked on Xtra Adventures Marketing – organising photo and video shoots, setting up competitions and promotions, designing Gift Vouchers and have had journalists come in to try our up close and personal Animal Experiences before writing about them in the press. I also look after promotions, and still get excited in the supermarket when I see a promotion I’ve set up on a packet on the shelf or in a magazine! The working environment is like no other too. It’s crazy to think that you can invite someone in for a meeting and walk around a Zoo full of animals to discuss new ideas and plans.”

Stepping stones

“Merlin and Chessington World of Adventures Resort are both growing. Working in Marketing, I’m lucky enough to see what we’re planning before most people – and we definitely have exciting some exciting campaigns in the pipeline. There are also lots of opportunities for promotions and career changes within the Resort and Merlin, and as a global business, I could end up working anywhere in the world!”