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Sarah Robinson — Resourcing specialist at BAE Systems

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Sarah Robinson, resourcing specialist at BAE Systems, discusses the defence company's graduate programme and gives her advice on starting your career in the engineering sector

What do you look for in an employee?

We're looking for people who have the vision and talent to make one of our opportunities their own.

For our Graduate Development Framework (GDF), we look for candidates who have, or are expecting to achieve, a 2:2 degree - accepted degree disciplines are detailed on the job descriptions found on the BAE Systems website.

When you apply, give details of your degree modules, work experience and relevant final-year projects - recruiting managers will want to see exactly what you've done and how this fulfils what they're looking for.

What makes a graduate stand out?

Passion. That's our secret - you'll need it to be successful. We want you to see opportunity where others see problems and navigate around challenges that others cannot.

How is the graduate programme at BAE Systems structured?

Our two-year GDF scheme develops people who are passionate about and have the potential to be great in their chosen field - be it business or engineering. By combining formal learning with real-world challenges across a number of placements, the GDF will give you a solid foundation to establish a successful career within one of our UK businesses.

Your career with us starts with an induction, where you'll join a community of fellow graduates and find out more about what your future holds. Shortly after joining, you'll be assigned a mentor who can act as a source of advice and insight.
You'll also participate in our 'Graduate Developing You' training, which brings together graduates from different business areas for a series of personal effectiveness modules.

By undertaking a series of placements across the business, you'll get to work in real teams, in real roles, and on current projects. You take ownership of your career aspirations; we give you support, training and practical experience.

What advice would you give to graduates wanting to work in the sector?

Engineering is a significant part of our business, and the opportunities that you can find with your degree are endless. Don't just think that you're limited to the exact field you've studied; engineering degrees provide students with many transferable skills.

Our graduate programme is designed to help you excel in your field, providing you with the necessary training to become a great engineer or business leader; we aren't looking for the finished article to walk through the door on day one.

How can graduates find out more about BAE Systems?

Take a look on the BAE Systems website.