The most important criteria for me when I was looking for graduate jobs was development opportunities. I applied to a lot of great companies but nucleargraduates stood out from the beginning. This graduate scheme is unique and offers amazing opportunities for training, development and exposure to an exciting industry.
My first secondment was with the Plant Engineering team in Legacy Ponds at Sellafield Ltd. At both the Pile Fuel Storage Pond (PFSP) and First Generation Magnox Storage Pond (FGMSP) I have been able to see first-hand many of the challenges that exist in decommissioning these hazardous facilities, and also the progress that is being made. In Plant Engineering, I have been working alongside System Engineers and the Asset Care team to complete a number of pre-set secondment objectives. I’ve led a number of initiatives in the team to improve configuration management, written asset management documents and even carried out asset inspections. In the role, I’ve had discussions with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, the Office for Nuclear Regulation and Environment Agency as well as internal regulators. It has been a great way to learn about the facilities and what role they play on site.
I am now moving to Magnox Ltd, at Berkeley site to get experience in Project Engineering and where I can see a different phase of decommissioning underway.
Alongside the day-job with your secondment host, nucleargraduates provide core training including Business Skills, Project Management, Risk Management and Leadership. We are also responsible for our own dedicated CPD budget which has allowed me to attend international conferences on decommissioning, complete a university-accredited module on Nuclear Policy and much more!
Another important aspect to the scheme is our commitment to STEM; as a STEM Ambassador I have been involved with organising and taking part in many different events for local schools and groups. I have also had the chance to mentor female students who are looking to pursue STEM subjects in higher education, which is something I am very passionate about.
So, as I continue working closely with my mentor towards becoming a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with the IMechE, I am excited for the opportunities the rest of the scheme opens up for me. This has been a steep learning curve for me in many ways, and I have loved every minute of it!