What is your role on the graduate programme?
When I started on the graduate programme my first role was in HR Resourcing, during my time in Resourcing I looked into the recruitment aspect of the company, which was interesting as I got to look at graduate recruitment from the recruiter side.
I have since moved to the HR Operations Team as a Discipline and Grievance Case Advisor, so I work a lot with the Unions and the directors of the company which gives a real insight into how the company works from a directorate level. This has opened doors with invites to the heads of value stream lead meetings to see how each functional area works.
Are you involved in any extra-curricular activities?
I am currently training for the Cumbria 3 peaks challenge to raise money for Mind West Cumbria. There is also a Graduate community group that organise kayaking, walks, football matches etc. There are also social which are every weekend to take part in.
How did you find moving to a new area after University?
It was exciting and scary as I was moving from a city, but the graduate community at Sellafield is huge and very close. There’s always something on for graduates to get involved with, as well as events in the office you are working in. All the areas I have worked in are very supportive and welcoming of Graduates and like to get your views on things, so you get to use that knowledge fresh from University.
What is the graduate community like at Sellafield?
It is a very close community, there’s always events a social on and there’s always something to do or take part. The graduate community are always setting the bar high to raise money for charity, and show the positive impact that graduates have on a business which Sellafield widely promotes.
What do you think it takes to be successful on the graduate programme?
I think you need to be a bit out there and take any opportunity you can get and don’t shy away from things. Don’t try to take to many tasks on but try to get involved as much as you can.
What initially attracted you to the Sellafield graduate programme?
For me it was the scale of things, it’s a unique opportunity to work for a company that has nearly 11,000 employees. The scale of development and tasks that are being undertaken at Sellafield such as the forward thinking in technology as well as the way it manages its workforce really appealed to me.
If you could give a future graduate some advice, what would it be?
Take every opportunity you get. Build a network and make sure you keep that network from the start as it will help you in the future whether it be a simple chat after a meeting to dropping a email.