Project Management Graduate Programme
Location:  Devonport, Plymouth, England
Sector/Business unit: Nuclear

My graduate programme, why I chose it, and why I chose Babcock:
I chose the Project Management Graduate Programme because, throughout my life, I’ve always found satisfaction in turning an idea into a reality. Plus, the process of calculating costs, looking for opportunities, and addressing risks and issues has always been fun to me.

I like that at Babcock you get to work on many different projects, that you get to choose. On top of that, they’ll help you with professional development – providing fully funded training courses to help you get professional qualifications, as well as helping you get chartered. Babcock has supported me in gaining my APM qualifications. They have paid for my exams and memberships, as well as providing free training courses.

I chose Babcock because of its great reputation, but most importantly, because of its purpose. The company’s purpose ‘Creating a safe and secure world, together’ is so easy to get behind. The amazing work that the company does in keeping the UK and the wider world safe is inspiring. To be able to go to work and know you are contributing to helping protect your loved ones and family is so rewarding.

My typical day:
My typical day as a Graduate Project Manager starts with me going to the office and setting up my desk. I’ll attend meetings with multiple stakeholders, and after that, I will start to work on my objectives – which could include creating a schedule or calculating the cost of a work package. If I need any assistance, I will work with my manager, who is always very helpful. If I finish my work early, I will request more work from the Project Manager, who always has something I can get stuck into.

My favourite part of the job:
My favourite part of the job is when I’m given ownership of a part of a project. For example, ensuring scheduled work is on time and completed within the forecasted schedule, calculating the cost for a work package, or identifying risks and mitigations. It’s always great when you’ve been given the responsibility to own and deliver something as it shows people value you and have trust in you.

Being able to feel part of Babcock and being able to help make the world a safer and more secure place is something that will always be the best part of the job – it gives a sense of meaning to what we do.

The most challenging thing I’ve ever done to date:
For me, the most challenging thing was transitioning from university straight into the job. It took me a little while to feel comfortable and settle into the role. However, my line manager was so helpful and encouraging, giving me so many great tips.

Overall, the atmosphere at Babcock is great. People here are so nice and welcoming – it’s so much easier to settle down into a new role when you’re met with smiles every day.

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Project Management Graduate Programme

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