Can you tell us more about what you did before you joined ABP?
Before joining ABP in 2020, I was a student at the University of Leicester and completed a MEng in Aerospace Engineering. After graduating in 2019, I worked in the Insurance industry for a year but wanted a new challenge in a fast-paced and exciting industry.
What did you find most appealing about a Graduate role at ABP?
I found the graduate opportunity via LinkedIn and although I had no previous experience in the maritime industry, I conducted further research and thought the role at ABP was the right fit for me.
One of the things I found most appealing about the role was the chance to work across a variety of functions in the business to gain a holistic perspective. It was clear to me that ABP invests a lot into the development of its graduates and provides excellent opportunities for them to work on some of the biggest and most exciting projects in maritime.
I was also very impressed with ABP’s green credentials and future investments to do their part in combating climate change. ABP currently has many large-scale renewable energy projects in offshore wind, solar energy and other renewable energy sources.
What does a typical day at work look like for you? Has the current Covid-19 pandemic impacted your activities in any way?
I am currently completing my placement in ABP’s Strategy Team, working remotely, although in non-Covid times this would have meant being based at the London Head Office. Since all our team is able to work from home successfully, I don’t feel the Covid-19 pandemic has affected my daily activities.
My typical day at work revolves around helping the Strategy Team make our corporate strategy, adjusting it to any external conditions, driving the implementation of the strategy, and updating shareholders and executives on ABP’s strategic position.
Working with the Strategy Team often requires me to complete data analysis, which then helps the team to provide recommendations about any changes in ABP’s strategic direction. I also have a chance to regularly sit in meetings with the company’s executives and senior leaders which is great for my understanding on how key business decisions are made.
For my next placement, I am heading to Immingham to work on a project involving the building of a new Border Control Post which will ensure a smooth flow of goods in the Humber, post the Brexit transition period.
If you could give some advice to young people interested in pursuing a similar career path, what would it be?
My advice to young people interested in a similar role in the future would be to work hard on their education, gain experiences in professional environments and to keep learning new skills and developing old ones.
Applications for ABP’s Graduate Training Scheme are open until Sunday, 28th March 2021. Find out more and apply here.