Current Position: Maritime Graduate
Started: September 2013
Studied: Astrophysics (BSc), University of Edinburgh
My journey at QinetiQ so far…
I am part of the QinetiQ Maritime Graduate Scheme which is designed to show graduates the options and possibilities that are available to them within the Maritime Division. This involves choosing six, three-month placements within the division across a variety of vastly diverse roles that are all tailored to help train, develop and be exciting to a new graduate. Potential placements range from conducting tasking on submarine performance optimisation projects to roles in sales and software development.
The work I have done so far has been incredibly wide-ranging but also challenging and allows me to see how my input directly affects the development of a project. I have contributed to and led a variety of different projects, ranging from competitive analysis work for future sales opportunities within the Marketing Department to more hands-on model submarine and ship trials.
I have been formally paired with mentors who have all offered invaluable insight to help me develop further and gain a different and independent perspective outside of my immediate team. The different teams I have worked with have been the most influential part of my time at QinetiQ so far. I have been very impressed with my colleagues’ eagerness to help and teach me as much as possible; their support and guidance has also made my time in QinetiQ even more enjoyable!
I have recently accepted a full-time position working as a project manager, which will begin later in the year and will facilitate my career development while working in a fast-paced environment. It is another challenge for me to overcome, but I am looking forward to it!