Strategy manager, metering
Joined in 2011
When I started looking at graduate schemes Thames Water seemed to offer everything I wanted. It wasn’t just a graduate development programme, it was a leadership development programme.
It provided substantial amounts of training and promised opportunities for high-level exposure from day one. I applied and never looked back.
There’s a brilliant support network around you the sole purpose of which is to see you succeed as a graduate, helping you to identify personal development areas and opportunities for that next step.
It’s thanks to the help and support of the people around me that I’m where I am now. There’s a genuine passion and a pride in the service we provide and a desire to continuously improve.
As with anything in life there are highs and lows. The industry, as a whole, is going through its largest change for 30 years, but every change brings opportunity.
If you want it and are willing to work for it, Thames Water can help you get it.
If there was one thing I would have told myself when I joined it would be that for the first twelve months, get your head down, do your job as best you can and concentrate on delivering.
Chemical investigations analyst
BSc Earth Science and Geography,
MSc Environmental Science and Technology
I joined the graduate programme straight after my MSc. I started by managing a team of clean water technicians and now work in environmental regulation in wastewater.
The knowledge I gained has proved invaluable and has allowed me to work towards industry recognised qualifications in health and safety and a HNC in water operations.
You aren’t expected to know everything straight away, but are given opportunities to learn fast and you’re expected to take them. I’ve had the chance to see many different parts of this huge company on shadowing days and site visits and develop many new skills, while working (and socialising) with great people.
As grads we get given some exciting tasks, including fundraising events for our charity, WaterAid.
University of Brighton
Maths with Business
I joined the finance graduate scheme in September 2011. During my time I’ve rotated around our finance department across five different roles.
These included management accounting for our group services and operating expenditure teams, internal audit and treasury departments.
The scheme has given me a fantastic amount of exposure to the business across these roles.
When you get a taste of the different areas, by the end of the scheme you have a good idea of where you’d like to move on to permanently.
Alongside gaining valuable work experience, you’re also provided with an excellent study package where you’ll work towards the CIMA, ACA, or ACCA accountancy qualifications.
University of Reading
BSc Environmental Science with study abroad
After completing a student placement here in the summer of my second year at university, I was convinced this was the company I wanted to work for.
My advice for the application process is to be confident, be yourself and show your enthusiasm, passion and drive.
When you start the graduate program get involved in as many extra activities as you can in addition to your day job and the training offered. This will really help to raise your profile in the business and demonstrate your flexibility and skills.
The mentoring programme gives you an opportunity to gain feedback and advice from somebody who is further along in their career and has learnt from past successes and failures.
Long-term strategy manager
University of Edinburgh
BSc Geology and Geography
When I talk to my friends about the graduate schemes they joined, two things always stand out for me about mine; the variety and the opportunities to progress.
In the last five years I’ve had a number of roles you would normally only get if you moved company. If you are not entirely sure where you want to end up, this is a great place to start your career.
The graduate scheme itself allows you to see all parts of the business and provides you with training and development to support you in your full-time role. With some of the largest changes in the sector since privatisation coming up, I think this is a superb opportunity for graduates to join Britain’s largest water company.