How did you get started in your career and what drew you to National Grid?
I applied to the Year in Industry scheme, which is organised by the Royal Academy of Engineering. Having visited and had interviews with a few companies, National Grid seemed to the most interesting, with a wide variety of opportunities and whose operations are fundamental to daily life in the UK.
What are your typical daily responsibilities?
No matter what my role has been, invariably the first part is to collect and analyse data. Then, depending on the particular role, the next step is to use that analysis to write a report or more interestingly to solve a problem, such as finding out why a process might have failed, designing new infrastructure or recommending the best way to invest money.
How do you manage your disability at work?
Normally, there’s very little to do since most days are spent in the office. When I go to operational sites though, like substations or power stations, it’s important to find out in advance about any access issues and whether the visit is going to be feasible – there aren’t usually any problems when both sides know what to expect. I also always take a camera so that someone can take a photo / video of anything important that I can’t see/get to.
How has your employer helped you to do well at your workplace?
The HR department, who help me organise my placements, have been supportive when I’ve found it difficult to find somewhere to live for some of the short placements, particularly when the site has been more remote; far from affordable & accessible accommodation.
It’s so good that it’s completely unremarkable.