Louise Wordsworth, European recruitment manager for Croda, explains the desired skills, qualifications and experience of candidates hoping to secure a place on its European graduate scheme
What do you look for in an employee?
As our European graduate programme provides an opportunity to join the core business functions, it's important for us to find hardworking, self-motivated individuals who have a passion for what they do. We recruit science and engineering graduates who have a 2:1 degree or above in a relevant subject area, achieved within the last five years. As we offer a number of roles across Europe, European language skills are highly desirable.
Within our recruitment process, we look for a number of key personal skills in addition to technical ability. As a business built on innovation and collaboration, it's important for us that our graduates have a proactive approach to problem solving, as well as good interpersonal and teamworking skills.
We want to invest in developing graduates who can help us to continue to evolve and deliver sustainable and innovative ingredients that our customers can build on.
How can a graduate stand out?
Your application form is the first opportunity you'll have to stand out, so give this adequate time and think carefully about the examples you include, ensuring that they demonstrate your skills and experience in a clear and concise manner. Any work experience you have gained, particularly if it relates directly to your degree or has developed your personal skills, will also help you to stand out from other applicants.
If successful at this stage, you'll be invited to complete aptitude testing, followed by an assessment centre. Although we appreciate it can be an unfamiliar situation to be in, it's important that you be yourself - as you're much more likely to perform well and demonstrate your true potential.
How is the graduate programme at Croda structured?
On any of our graduate programmes, you'll be given responsibility from an early stage, by completing placements at our sites in mainland Europe. Our engineering graduates usually complete three placements, rotating on an annual basis during the course of the scheme.
We believe in enabling our graduates to reach their full potential through development and training and we are committed to providing a robust training programme that encourages continuous development, allowing you to quickly understand the key values and skillsets required for progression. This includes both on-the-job training as well as residential training.
What advice would you give to graduates wanting to work in the engineering sector?
Taking a graduate engineering role can be daunting if it's your first job after university. It's therefore important to ensure that you find out enough about the programme, company and culture so you can assess whether it's the right organisation for you. It will support your decision making if you have gained some engineering work experience, as you'll understand the environment you're likely to be going into and the types of questions to ask during the selection process.
How can graduates find out more about Croda?
Further information about the company and our graduate programme can be found on the Croda website. Online application forms will be available from September to early January.