Emily's Story - Graduate Engineer, Renewables, SSE

After studying Chemical & Process Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, and completing an internship within SSE, Emily gained exposure to the range of opportunities available to a graduate joining the energy sector. On graduation she joined SSE as a graduate in Renewables, Generation.

Emily Hughes

Which sectors did you consider applying to for your graduate role and what made you choose SSE and the area you are now working in?

As a student, I knew there was a wide variety of industries I could apply to work in. However, after completing my summer placement with SSE I gained exposure to the range of opportunities available to a graduate joining the energy sector. More specifically, I knew I wanted to work with SSE as a graduate in Generation as I would be given the opportunity to work for a company that has a diverse range of generation assets.  SSE are very keen for graduates to continue their professional development, with the aim of becoming chartered within five years, therefore there is a lot of help available and you are allocated a mentor who has been chartered within the same discipline as you are aiming towards. My internship during the summer also gave me an insight into the working environment and culture at SSE. which was another key deciding factor in choosing to join SSE.

"One of the main selling points of the SSE graduate scheme for me, was the freedom to guide your development and tailor your experiences allowing you to gain exposure working with a large range of new and existing technologies from the research stages straight through to construction and operation."

What are you enjoying in your role?

I am currently enjoying the wide range of projects I have been involved in; I have only been part of this team for around 2 months and have contributed to Performance Monitoring Reports for Peterhead Power Station, Fuel and Water Analysis for a new project under development, Performance Testing on site at Fiddler’s Ferry and several other projects. From my experience so far, your opinion or input on a matter is valued straight away, even when working with exceptionally skilled engineers. You also have the opportunity to learn from these engineers who are highly-experienced in a wide variety of disciplines. This is another aspect of the graduate scheme I am enjoying - everyone in my team is very willing to help and share their knowledge.

Do you have any advice for students considering applying for the SSE Graduate Programme?

I would say make use of the Career’s Service at your university and really do your research into a company, whether that be by attending networking events, online or reaching out to current employees/graduates. This will help you through the recruitment process, give you an insight into how the company works and help reduce the nerves around whether a company is the right choice for you. Everyone I came across during the recruitment process was friendly and made you feel welcome straight away – which reassured me I was making the right choice in joining SSE.