After finishing my Geography Masters at Kings College London, I joined the Welsh Water 2016 Graduate intake. For me, this meant a move from the south east of England to Wales – a massive change! But who knew you could live in a thriving capital city and be a 20 minute drive from the beautiful terrain of the Brecon Beacons. With Graduates in various parts of the business around Wales, the role has enabled me to travel all over the country.
I am now coming to the end of my first 18 week placement in Retail, and over the past few months have been able to experience various aspects of the business. From unblocking sewers with the waste team, to touring the impressive research Glaslyn Laboratory in Newport, I have been able to get stuck in from the get go. My project has looked at improving the efficiency of customer facing operational processes in order to improve the service we provide. This has meant networking with a range of colleagues and realising how my skills can be utilised.
My favourite part of being a Welsh Water Graduate is that I am able to gain knowledge and experience from those who know it best. Each graduate has a mentor, all of whom have decades of experience in the water industry. Not only do we have the support of our colleagues, but also our fellow graduates. As a collective, we have been given the opportunity to raise money for Water Aid and the Prince’s Trust, giving us the chance to develop our professional skills together, work in the wider community and get to know more people around the business.
I would encourage anyone with a passion for water, the environment and professional development to pursue a career with Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water. The Not for Profit status means everything we do is in the interest of the customer and community, which strengthens our daily focus of improving our services and infrastructure in order to provide a great service.