Working Week – Aisling Doyle

We have asked some of the many women working in motoring to share their Working Week with us.  This week we catch up with Aisling Doyle, Vehicle Acquisition Supervisor for Enterprise Rent-a-Car.

I’m up at 6:00. I shower, get dressed and do my hair. I have time for a quick bowl of porridge and a pint of water. I’m on the road before 7:00.
I’m in work just before 8:00 at which time I check my emails and reservations for the week ahead. At 9:00 I audit and update spare key reports. I meet with manufacturers from 10:00 until 13:15. I have a lunch meeting with a manufacturer after which I meet another anufacturer until 15:30. After that I have time to check my emails and type up notes from the days meeting.I have a final manufacturer meeting at 17:00. Once that meeting is finished I leave for home.

I’m feeling fitness motivated this morning so I get up earlier and go for a 5km run. I’m in the office before 8:00 at which time I hop on an Enterprise management conference call. At 8:30 I have thirty minutes to respond to emails. 9:00 I prep for a fleet meeting. At 10:30 I have a fleet meeting to review current the month and plan for the next three months. By 11:40 I’m back on my email and returning missed calls. 12:30 I follow up with manufacturers on yesterday’s meetings. 13:30 I leave the office for lunch with the team. At 14:30 I have a fortnightly update meeting with the financial controller. I review new car deliveries for the day and update the system at 16:00. I then get a chance to go through my emails and respond. I confirm my appointments for the next two days and head home at 18:00. 

I’m far too comfortable in bed this morning to even consider going running. I get up at 6:20, get ready and hit the road. I’m at my desk at 8am checking my emails. By 9am I’m updating the ordering system with new orders and delivery dates. I have a breakfast bar and a coffee as I work. I’ve a vehicle acquisitions conference call for the UK and Ireland at 10:00. By 11:30 I’m catching up on phone calls. At 12:00 I download raw data to compile management reports. I have a lunch meeting with a car dealer at 13:00. At 14:00 I finish reporting and start cost analysis. I review new car deliveries for the day and update the system at 17:00. Before I leave the office I spend some time catching up on email. I agreed to do a bootcamp with one of my colleagues so we start that at 18:30.

I wake up feeling stiff after yesterday’s bootcamp. I’m up at 6:15 and do some light stretching before I get ready and have breakfast. At 8:00 I’m preparing for a fleet call which commences at 9:00. That’s followed by a pricing call at 9:30. By 10:30 I’m back at my desk checking my emails. I’m running cost analysis until 13:00 at which point a group of us leave for lunch. From 13:45 onwards I’m in meetings with dealers. I get a chance to check my emails before I leave for the day at 18:00.

The week has flown by. I’m feeling very motivated this morning so I wake early to go for a 7km run. After my run I have a bowl of porridge and a protein shake. I’m out in our airport office at 8am for meetings. At 11:00 I’m back in our admin office where I check my emails, analyse progress this week and plan for the week ahead. I review new car deliveries for the prior day at 12:00 and update the system. Before lunch I update our new car needs and purchase notes. I go for lunch at 13:30. At 14:30 I update the Eflow file. I meet with dealers from 14:45 until 17:00. I spend an hour updating notes from the dealers meetings and confirming appointments for next week. I finish up at 18:00 when a few of us have a coffee in the kitchen before heading home.

7th November, 2012



Author: Geraldine Herbert

Contributing Editor and Motoring Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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