Sarah Iddles, a graduate currently on the programme, has kindly agreed to share her experiences thus far.
From a young age I was always interested in cars and technology, all thanks to my dad. My curiosity was piqued further during Design Technology lessons in high school. For me it was the perfect blend of maths and physics theory and hands on practical. My growing love for engineering was readily encouraged by my parents and teachers, leading me to go on to study for a Masters in Mechanical Engineering at Warwick University.
When I first had the call from SP Energy Networks offering me the job I couldn’t believe my ears, I was over the moon with excitement, but also a little nervous. My degree was in Mechanical Engineering, but it was an electrical based company. It turned out that I needn’t had been nervous at all. The training I’ve received from numerous courses and advice from engineers, who are more than willing to pass on their invaluable knowledge, has been excellent. It just helps to show how versatile a degree in engineering is and has helped me develop my skills to no end! Having only been on the graduate scheme for 9 months, I can’t wait for what my future with the company will bring.
Engineering encompasses such a wide range of applications that the career possibilities are endless. It never gets boring as there is always a new technology or technique to be investigated.
Don’t be put off by old fashioned stereotypes, believe in yourself and your abilities and study what you enjoy.