Why did you apply for the Welsh Water graduate programme?
I previously worked in Southern Water and loved the balance that the water industry has between care for customers and care for the environment. However, whilst at university, I saw my future career in the not-for-profit/charity sector. When I realised that Welsh Water incorporated both customer care and environmental care with a not for profit ethos I knew I had to apply.
What have you enjoyed most about the Welsh Water graduate programme?
I’ve mostly enjoyed the freedom that this graduate scheme brings; it really is what you make it. You have opportunities to visit other parts of the business, go out on site, visit customers at home, enrol in internal and/or external training. And the best part is how supportive everyone in the business is. If you have a goal or need, whether it be a particular training course or conference, your managers and mentors will always do what they can to support this. This means that no two days are the same. When people ask me what my job is I struggle to explain because it involves so much variety. One day I could be facilitating a workshop, the next day I could be holding a fundraising tombola or holding a litter pick!
What would you say to anyone thinking about applying for the programme?
Firstly go for it! Second of all be ready to really take control of your future. The graduate scheme offers aspects that would help any individual progress, but you need to understand your own goals, strengths and weaknesses (or at least be willing to learn about them) to get the most out of it.
Also, if you have any interesting stories, hobbies, backgrounds etc. it would be great to know.
The only one I can think of is the Green Team. Earlier in the year I contacted the Environment Team to see what I could get involved in. They put me in touch with a previous graduate (Vyvyan Evans) who had set up a Green Team in Ty Awen. After a few meetings with Vyvyan, and some discussions with the Green Team I created a proposal for a Linea based Green team. I took this to Retail Senior Management who were extremely supportive and happy for me to run with the idea. I had no experience in co-ordinating people or events, but managed to band together 12 individuals who also cared for the environment and its’ well-being. We are now a functioning Green Team who have organised litter picks and lunchtime learning sessions.