Over the first half of my two-year graduate scheme with Carillion I have been given the opportunities, challenges and the confidence to grow in a professional and supportive environment.

Graduating from the University of Leicester with a Degree in Geography might not seem like the most natural route into supply chain and the construction industry. In fact, it was Carillion’s approach to responsible and sustainable business as a FTSE 250 and FTSE4Good company that first caught my attention. Following on from that, the breadth and depth of opportunity across the geographically diverse group made me feel like Carillion’s graduate scheme was naturally the right choice for me to develop my career.

Has my choice been vindicated? Definitely. I have absolutely loved these last 18 months! I work day-to-day on huge construction projects, engaging with suppliers, running tenders and writing sub-contracts. My current role is based at Barts Square – the largest residential project in the City of London. This is a logistically challenging and complex project involving retained facades, high quality office space and luxury apartments. Other graduates have worked on equally exciting projects ranging from Crossrail to the Battersea re-development and Anfield Stadium – I mean wow!

Over the past year, I have seen myself develop management skills and organisational traits whilst working with senior colleagues across the business.

Carillion’s graduate scheme has a primary function: To encourage enthusiastic and driven graduates to thrive within and throughout the business, I have benefited from the support and advice of a mentor. He has been with the business for nearly 10 years and having joined as a graduate himself, is full of relevant advice and understanding – he’s genuinely there to add value and contribute to my experience.

Thanks to the Graduate Scheme, I have managed to develop my education even further through the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) professional qualification as I aim to achieve my MCIPS certification (procurement qualification) over the next three years. Carillion recognises the importance of professional development and offers the opportunity to work towards recognised qualifications appropriate to your role within the graduate scheme structure.

And it’s not just me – I’ve seen my graduate colleagues grow in stature and confidence as well as knowledge. Some have been exposed to cutting-edge technology and others given serious responsibility within their role. I am looking forward to playing my part in growing the business with them over the coming years.

It has to be said that Carillion’s flexible working policy is an added bonus for me. Like many graduates out there looking for the right scheme for them, I am driven to have a successful and enjoyable career. But I also enjoy my life outside of work – I attend rugby training a couple of evenings a week and feel confident that I can continue these sessions and have a good work/life balance. Carillion definitely gives you the tools to make this happen and rewards commitment and contribution.

Looking back, I couldn’t have chosen a better organisation to start building my career.

To find out more about becoming a Carillion graduate visit: http://www.carilliongraduates.co.uk/


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