Degree details: Geography and Natural Hazard Management BSc Hons

What inspires, motivates, or gets you excited about your job on a daily basis?

Water and Wastewater are vital to our everyday lives. I really love being part of Anglian Water and feeling like we are making a difference.

I am motivated by working as part of a team to solve challenges in new ways. It is great to work with a broad variety of people, from Operational Works Technicians to Scientists and Asset Planners. I have also had the opportunity to liaise with external businesses such as the Environment Agency, Internal Drainage Board and Local Councils. I learn something new everyday.

What have been the biggest challenges you have faced so far in the role?

I have faced different challenges in every placement so far; however the biggest challenge that I’ve experienced in every placement has been knowing how to communicate with employees across different levels of the business who all have varying levels of knowledge and experience.

It is always challenging in the first few weeks of a placement when you are trying to gain an understanding of the processes and there are lots of acronyms flying about. I find trying to explain what a ‘level transducer’ or a ‘centrifuge’ is to someone really tests what you have learnt; it often surprises me how much I’m soaking up everyday!

How did you arrive in your present post?

In my third year of university I was looking at job opportunities relating to my degree. I am quite a ‘hands on’ person and enjoy learning whilst doing something practically. I looked at various jobs involving sustainability and energy resources as I knew I wanted to be part of a business where I could make a difference – that’s when I saw the advert for the Anglian Water graduate scheme.

It looked like a great opportunity and different from other graduate roles which put you in a specific role right from the start. By having various placements around different parts of the business, you have the opportunity to learn about different processes and also how the wider business works. I clicked apply and have never looked back…