Every week, we interview someone involved in the energy industry, to find out more about the variety of people and jobs there are in this exciting area.

Interviewee: Gavin Welsh

Title: Graduate Engineer - Scottish Power

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Description of role:

I’m currently on placements experiencing all the different aspects of the business and learning how they interact with each other and the work that goes on within each function.

CAN YOU DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY IN YOUR JOB?
  • I will have some project work to get on with and then I will check my progress with my manager just to make sure I’m on the right track.

  • Contacting the relevant people who can help me with my project or my knowledge base around the project.

  • Lunch with the other graduate at my building for a catch up and then back to my project work.

How did you get into this line of work?

I applied during University for the graduate scheme as I thought it would be a great start for my working career as an engineer.

WHAT QUALITIES DO YOU NEED FOR YOUR JOB?
  • Flexibility. When moving from placement to placement you’ll have to expand your knowledge in each area, and that means changing the way you look at problems and take in information.

  • Perseverance. Sometimes you won’t get it right first time, but the people around you are supportive and will help you get on the right track and you feel determined to succeed as a result.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?

The people, everyone at Scottish Power is always there to help you out and pass on their knowledge to you.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE ON HOW TO GET INTO THIS WORK?

If you are interested in engineering don’t limit yourself to one discipline. Having a wide range of knowledge of different engineering fields is really beneficial and can stand you in good stead.