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How long have you worked at AWE?
I’m fairly new to the organisation; I’ve been here just under one month.
What did you study at university?
Bachelors of Science in Applied Psychology and then a Masters of Science in Human Resource Management
Why did you choose AWE?
AWE is a unique organisation with a diverse set of skills. I was interested in learning more about the people that contribute to this organisation, as well as the interesting and important work that we do here. I wanted to challenge myself with the unique work that we do here at AWE, which stood out from other employers. Additionally, contributing to the nation’s security deterrent is something that I take great pride in.
Tell us about your time at AWE?
Within change management, we are ensuring change activities are successfully delivered into different business areas by mitigating the people risks associated with business change.
What are the benefits of AWE?
AWE support you with your professional registration with one chartered body. In general, I feel quite supported here in terms of my professional development. It’s clear to me that ultimately the people at AWE are interested in progressing you to be the best that you can be.
I also really value the work/life balance. We work a 9 day fortnight which is good for city breaks and getting to know the surrounding areas. There is also a good graduate network which is well connected and established from the beginning by mixing the disciplines in our introductory sessions.
What do you most enjoy about your current role?
One of the key positives of AWE is that the work here is so diverse and thus you are developing a broad range of skills. I am working on a range of different activities each day and gained real responsibility from day one. For example, within my first week I helped facilitate a training course to project managers within the business.
AWE is really supportive in helping you gain experience in different areas. I am likely to be undertaking placements in a few business functions throughout my graduate scheme. I’m looking forwarding to networking with a range of different people and gaining a variety of business experience.
How do you see your career progressing?
At the end of the graduate scheme there is an opportunity to be promoted. AWE is going into a period of huge change across the company. I want to be a part of making this transition smoother for our employees and ensuring that we are meeting our business objectives. In the future, I am aiming to continuously increase my competencies within the change function, which will allow me to take on a comparatively more senior role within my department with increased responsibility. I am looking forward to my time here at AWE.
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about joining the AWE graduate programme?
When it comes to the assessment day: be yourself. The process is meant to be as much about AWE establishing if you’re the right person for the job, as it is about you establishing if AWE is the right company for you. Take time to understand the company culture and ways of working; take the time to get to know the people around you. This is a unique organisation, it’s fascinating what you can learn on a daily basis. Finally, make sure you are taking advantage of all opportunities that you can. This company will enable you to develop your skills far and wide if you want it to.