Tom - Business Leadership
BEng Civil Engineering, University of Leeds
"The fast-tracked approach to learning is perfect for me, it means I can get stuck into lots of different challenging projects."
The Graduate Programme appealed to me because I'd worked on water projects at university and found the industry exciting. I wanted to be a leader – and Severn Trent's Business Leadership Programme really delivers. It's all about getting hands-on experience, leading teams, managing live projects and taking a high level of responsibility early on. Before I started I had no idea about the scale of the opportunities available.
The fast-tracked approach to learning is perfect for me, it means I can get stuck into lots of different challenging projects, and frequently take on new activities. Everyone here is really approachable which means you can be proactive in asking questions and finding out about different opportunities. It's definitely up to the individual to drive development here. And the programme is flexible, so you can steer your career in the direction you want it to go. That's something I've benefited from, because I've had a lot of influence and control over my placements and professional goals.
This is a very reactive business, so you need sharp commercial thinking to spot new business opportunities. Using your initiative and believing in what you can do is really important too. It helps that the working environment here is so supportive – it gives you confidence that your ideas will be listened to. My aims are to be a strategic leader one day and to move around the business every few years to learn as much as I can.