Whilst at university, Omolara saw a future career in the not-for-profit/charity sector. When she realised that Welsh Water incorporated both customer care and environmental care with a not for profit ethos she knew she had to apply.
Keeley-Ann is a commercial graduate working for Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, having joined the company in September 2018. The scheme has allowed her to utilise her skills gained from her MSc in Climate Change in relation to sustainability and energy, as well as developing and learning new skillsets from a finance, economic and business aspect.
"Without my role civil engineers would not know if their schemes were adequate to achieve the aims of any project. Whether it be flooding or pollution reduction, Sustainable Urban Drainage System Design or a diversion to allow for new infrastructure. I enjoy the analysis of data and outputs as well as the problem solving that is involved every day. I find this keeps me interested in my job and ultimately when I overcome an obstacle it is very rewarding."
"I wanted to work in the energy sector because it’s an industry that looks ahead to the future with a broad range of both existing and new emerging technologies. The SSE graduate scheme allows you to contribute to a large variety of these technologies at various stages in development, giving an invaluable overview of the company and the energy sector as a whole."
"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."
"I’m very ambitious and hopeful about my career prospects whilst at Ofgem, and beyond. The graduate scheme is excellent for training, with a bespoke course for getting up to speed with energy and regulation."
"I hope that by working in the industry and sharing my story, I can inspire others from differing backgrounds to consider taking STEM subjects and pursuing a career in an exciting, evolving sector with lots of different career opportunities."
"My first rotation is in the Building Performance and Sustainability department where I am currently the only female. However, it does not feel like it because everyone has instantly made me feel part of the team and continue to treat me the same as they do each other."