Graduate James discusses how he’s encouraged to constantly push boundaries and challenging accepted ways in order to push Severn Trent forwards.

James - Technical Leadership

MEng Electronic Engineering, University of Hull

"Engineers are expected to challenge the status quo. We’re encouraged to ask: how could we do this differently?"

Feeling like an important part of the team started back at the assessment centre. Lots of companies tell you that graduates get involved in real-life projects, but at Severn Trent they really mean it. In my first week, I was leading a project developing new technology for a sewage works; I couldn’t believe it. This meant real responsibility right at the beginning of my career.

At the moment I’m working with software engineers to design new electrical panels for Severn Trent. It’s really hands-on. Something I’ve learned as a graduate is that you’re expected to constantly push the boundaries and challenge the accepted ways of doing things. We’re always encouraged to ask: ‘How could we do this differently?’ That makes working here really exciting.

You definitely get thrown in at the deep end at Severn Trent. You’re given projects in business areas you might know nothing about, so you pick up lots of new skills, fast. And full days spent in the office are rare; you’re always driving to different sites, meeting new people and discussing new projects. There’s a big emphasis on becoming Chartered, so they give you the projects or secondments that develop the skills you need.