Irren studied psychology at Loughborough University. The Graduate Programme at Severn Trent is helping her to realise her leadership ambitions

If you’re unsure about what you want to specialise in upon graduation the Business Leadership Graduate Programme at Severn Trent is perfect. It opens your eyes to leadership opportunities that you might otherwise not have considered, or even known about.

On the programme you’ll carry out three placements in three different areas of the business so you get a really broad picture of the company and where your skills can make the biggest impact.

I’m now on a year-long placement as an infrastructure improvement analyst, based in the flooding performance team. It’s a project-based role, so I’m often out of the office, visiting our sites and meeting the operational teams. There’s a great balance between travelling to different locations, and getting your head down to do some number crunching at head office. There are loads of charity events to get involved in as well. I recently did the Water Aid Mountain Challenge and lots of graduates got involved.

I think that being a good leader is about knowing your strengths and understanding your team. Your training at Severn Trent will prepare you to become a leader in the business, and there are so many opportunities to take on new projects and learn new things - you just have to be proactive enough to go and find them.

I’ve just worked on a graduate strategic challenge sponsored by the executive team: we looked at new performance targets and presented our ideas to the CEO. It was such a great experience to have so early on in my career.

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