"One highlight is simply being part of the graduate community. Despite most of us working from home and being located across the UK, it is the perfect size that everyone knows everyone so has been a great support system as well as social circle."
Why I chose Centrica: When applying for jobs, I was unsure exactly what I wanted to do so the opportunity to try 3 different analytical roles across multiple business units was really appealing. The energy industry attracted me because of its ever-changing, fast-paced nature which I knew would bring many challenges my way. I really aligned with Centrica’s values and that they pride themselves on making data driven decisions and putting colleagues and customers first. The application process was also extremely accommodating, and I left the assessment centre with a great impression of the company, so I did not hesitate to accept the offer.
What I enjoy most about my stream: I have been able to experience two completely different placements which has allowed me to discover where I thrive as well as giving me opportunity to develop a variety of skills. My first placement as a Digital Marketing analyst allowed me to improve skills like stakeholder management and project management. I got real responsibility from the start and was proud with the impact I made on the team and business in such a short period. Now I have a highly technical role as a data scientist and have improved coding abilities alongside gaining a greater understanding of machine learning techniques.
Some of the highlights of the graduate scheme so far: One highlight is simply being part of the graduate community. Despite most of us working from home and being located across the UK, it is the perfect size that everyone knows everyone so has been a great support system as well as social circle. Another highlight is being encouraged to get involved with other areas of the business, and I have recently become a member of the Windsor Charity and Community Board, where I am able to share my passion for supporting charities and the local community. Every person I have met in the last year has been beyond welcoming and supportive and I believe this has allowed me to see greater personal and professional development than I ever expected.
My one piece of advice to applicants: Come with a positive attitude, a curious mindset and a desire to make a difference! The technical skills and domain knowledge can always be learnt along the way.