Abimbola Ihidero

Graduate Electrical Engineer

"This company is one of the very few who understand and are genuinely interested in developing skills."

What has been the highlight or most impressive aspect of your career at Tata Steel so far?

Here, there is no ceiling over how much you could develop. I am constantly encouraged by my manager to take up real challenges provided it is safe to do so!

Why did you choose to work for Tata Steel?

This company is one of the very few who understand and are genuinely interested in developing skills. I have always wanted to be part of a company that strongly believes people development is a strong tool for improving productivity.

What does your current role involve?

I am currently co-ordinating the Maintenance Task Identification (MTI) process at my department. I interact with stakeholders and team members to develop smart maintenance structures directed at improving behaviour of people, plant and process to increase productivity and minimise costs. I constantly get involved with maintenance tasks to identify with team members and also to support them.

What training have you received since joining Tata Steel?

Trainings I have received range from Engineering (e.g. standards and regulating management of change (PAC) etc.) to management (e.g. Personal Effectiveness). The training is geared towards enabling me to attain CENG chartership as well as make a valuable input to the company’s day-to-day operation.

Please describe development opportunities you have had since joining Tata Steel?

Development opportunities I have had since joining include plant process, upgrade of plant systems and equipment, mentoring a placement student, developing RACI for technical author.

In terms of professional development, a mentor has been assigned to me. We meet frequently to discuss my progression towards chartership. He also liaises with my manager to decide the best opportunities. Tata Steel pays my annual IET membership fee.

What are your future career aspirations?

To attain chartership (CENG) and progress to Senior Engineering management. I have secured admission at Brunel University to study MSc Sustainable Electrical Power in September. My proposed project is highly beneficial to Tata Steel’s future energy supply. Tata will be sponsoring this course.

Did you attend pre-induction? Was this useful before you started your first day?

I attended the pre-induction. It was really useful because a lot of information was given to us, which prepared me for what to expect. It also afforded me opportunity to listen to and interact with previous and current graduates on the scheme. Their experience and level of knowledge and exposure increased my enthusiasm and interest in Tata.

Do you have any hints/tips/advice you would give to someone applying to Tata Steel?

There is opportunity for almost every discipline. It is important to have a good knowledge of profession. Research the company thoroughly and identify where you fit in. Tata Steel will build potentials of prospective graduate trainees who are able to demonstrate willingness in being team players rather than just wanting a job. 

Please tell us something about yourself:

I am quite reserved but thoroughly enjoy the challenges available at work. I am self-motivated and take a lot of pleasure in finding ways of getting better results.

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