Case study

Ben — Business Management Graduate

Employer
Babcock
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Ben studied Law LLB at the University of Sussex before joining the Babcock International Graduate Scheme. He enjoys the variety and the complexity of his role and believes that previous experience helped him get the job

How did you get your job?

I decided to take a year out after graduation in order to gain some relevant work experience, which took the form of a managerial position at a marketing company.

During this time, I started applying for graduate schemes, but the one that immediately jumped out at me was the one at by Babcock due to the complex nature of the business and the exciting opportunities it offered.

How relevant was your degree in securing your job?

Babcock look for specific disciplines in their graduates and luckily law was one of them. Having a legal background is not imperative but I believe that it has given me a skillset that comes in handy, such as critical thinking and the ability to negotiate and engage with stakeholders.

What’s a typical working day like?

On the Babcock graduate scheme we are given the opportunity to rotate to a new role every six months. At the moment I work in operations, and this involves focusing on improving the way our business operates. A regular day involves a meeting with my project team in the morning, followed by discussions with key stakeholders about implementing a new system or process.

How has your role developed and what are your career ambitions?

The rotational nature of the scheme and the experience this provides is invaluable as it allows you to focus on areas of the business that interest you. It also makes you extremely diverse in a range of skills.

The underlying objective of the graduate scheme is to become a future leader within the business and this is an aspiration of mine. My long-term career aspiration would be to become a managing director of one of our business units.

What are the best things about working in this sector?

The variety and the complexity of the work you are involved in. The diversity of Babcock has meant that I have worked within their media, education and emergency service sectors in quick succession.

What are the challenges?

The most challenging part is operating outside of your comfort zone. Having no engineering background is a challenge as every new business unit I join has technical detail that I have to quickly master.

What advice would you give to others who would like to get into this career?

Make yourself the most employable candidate possible. When leaving university I already had a CV with plenty of work experience and evidence of extra-curricular activity.

I think this combination of factors made me stand out to Babcock. Having a good degree is not enough anymore. You need to push yourself to do as much as possible while at university.

At Babcock International there is a constant need to innovate and improve. If you can show evidence of innovation in your everyday life then this will hold you in good stead when applying.

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