My role focuses on aiding decision-making around opportunities and assets in the upstream Dutch/ UK gas sector. This involves modelling different business scenarios and analysing lots of confidential data for exciting new business opportunities! I also conduct analysis to try and extract maximum value out of our current or potential assets.
Physics is a very analytical degree and certainly, the analytical thought-processing, mathematics and problem solving techniques gained as part of my studies has been a definite advantage in my career. What university didn’t prepare me for was how to cope with taking responsibility for my own
work. Now my number crunching and analysis can directly impact some key important business decisions.
During university, I didn’t have a defined career path and had absolutely no idea what I would do after completing my degree. Was I ready to head into a full time job or should I carry on with further study? I was thoroughly interested in the energy industry and when I found the Centrica summer placement, I saw it as a great opportunity as a potential stepping stone into a future career.
I really enjoyed the summer placement and having gained excellent exposure to the varied opportunities Centrica could offer, I didn’t find it difficult to say "yes" when I was
offered a place on the graduate scheme. Having a job under my belt also massively took off the pressure during my final fourth year, allowing me to concentrate on my studies.
My two year grad scheme has encompassed three different placements, offering a great opportunity to experience varied parts of the business, including my current opportunity to work abroad. It allows you to try roles you wouldn’t have thought about trying before. One of the best things about my current role is the opportunity to grasp responsibility. It’s exciting to see how my work is making a direct impact on the business.
As my work is mainly project based, the work load can vary; I never know how much work I will have to do tomorrow but this also keeps things interesting. Also, as a graduate and having near to zero experience entering a role, it can take some time getting up to speed with your job and actually feeling like you are contributing but, once you get there, every piece of work feels like an achievement.