Meet our Graduates

 

Marina Portero
Marina Portero

Marina Portero

Current Position: Technical Sales Support Engineer

Started: January 2013

Studied: Telecommunications Engineering: Sound and Image, at Polythecnic University of Madrid and ISVR University of Southampton

My journey at QinetiQ so far…
I completed the Graduate Scheme in OptaSense having the opportunity of learning and working in new things everyday which made my experience as a graduate really exciting. I was involved in different projects and travelled abroad to places such as: Houston, Mexico, Canada on business trips, Turkey working in one of our pipeline installations, and Spain and France for demos of the OptaSense’s technology. The possibility of travelling is always open and it is a wonderful opportunity to get experience and motivation with each project. You will get training and all the support you need from the team! After the graduate scheme I have been offered a permanent position in which I work both with the Sales and the Engineers Teams. Definitely recommended!

Becky Thomas
Becky Thomas

Becky Thomas

Current Position: Maritime Graduate

Started: September 2013

Studied: BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering at Southampton University

My journey at QinetiQ so far…
Since joining QinetiQ last September I have been part of the Maritime Graduate Development Scheme. The scheme involves moving around the business for 3 months at a time and it has been a fantastic way to see first-hand the huge variety of work going on within QinetiQ. I've worked on a whole range of really interesting projects from testing models of future RN vessels in the huge Ocean Basin down at Haslar to working on development of a cutting edge fuel reformer. The opportunities on the scheme have been endless and I've travelled all over the country. Helping with the acoustic ranging of a warship off the coast of Dorset one week and the next flying to the tiny Scottish Island of Rona in a helicopter. So far, no two days have been the same and I’ve loved every minute.

Aside from the exciting and varied work, the best thing about QinetiQ is the level of support you receive toward professional accreditation. My mentor Ewan is a fantastic source of help and advice and QinetiQ have funded me completing a distance learning module as part of my initial professional development. QinetiQ seem to really care about your personal development and I feel confident that I can achieve my aim of chartership within 4 years here.

Finally I have had lots of opportunities to get involved with QinetiQ's STEM outreach programme. I organised this years' Schools' Powerboat Challenge which involved 80 pupils from 16 schools across Hampshire and Dorset designing their own remote controlled powerboats and visiting the Haslar site to race them in the Ocean Basin. I was exhausted by the end of the day but I’m so glad I took on the project, it was hugely rewarding and a lot of fun!

My next step is to move into a fixed role within the company and I am hoping to join the Maritime Ranges business. I am looking forward to getting stuck in to the next challenge and settling in with my new team. I can't wait to find out what exciting opportunities are waiting around the corner!

Angus Irvine
Angus Irvine

Angus Irvine

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!

Chris Preddy
Chris Preddy

Chris Preddy

Current Position: Maritime Graduate, Sea Capability Management

Started: September 2013

Studied: BSc Physics at Royal Holloway, University of London

My journey at QinetiQ so far…
I have been on QinetiQ’s maritime graduate scheme for a year now, and am really enjoying the variety of work I get to experience. I have done several 3-month modules, encompassing a variety of different work tasks and locations, which has given me a fantastic amount of freedom over where I want to focus my career. This was just what I wanted after graduating from university. I have also had the opportunity to complete a three month secondment at Navy Command Headquarters, which was an excellent way for me to engage with the MoD early in my career.

One of the best experiences I have had since joining QinetiQ was to assist in presenting to an officers training course on board HMS Bulwark alongside a Royal Naval Commander. The course also involved a series of sea trials, such as replenishment at sea and a live firing, that were incredible to take part in. I have also visited the new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, which is phenomenally big! Alongside these experiences, I have taken part in many training courses, and am working toward professional chartership alongside an allocated mentor. This will all be of real benefit to me as I progress my career into the future.

Sean Smale
Sean Smale

Sean Smale

Current Position: Maritime Graduate

Started: September 2013

Studied: BEng Mechanical Engineering, University of Southampton

My journey at QinetiQ so far…
In the year that I have been on the Graduate Development Scheme, I have completed four modules in total- Systems, Signatures, an external secondment into Navy Command and a placement within the Strategy team. This varied batch has allowed me to develop holistically not only my technical skills, but also an insight into business strategy and customer engagement. The Graduate scheme has provided the perfect platform for the development of networks at all levels, with regular awareness sessions organised at different teams across the business. Further to that, support has been provided to allow me to go on several external courses including a Masters level course at the University of Newcastle.

Alongside work commitments, QinetiQ has been actively pursuing work in schools to promote STEM subjects and the graduates have been involved heavily in this. It has been very rewarding going into schools to help inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists!

All in all, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time thus far and have met some really interesting people that are extremely passionate about what they do.

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