Graduates look back on beginnings at SSE

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After just a few weeks at energy company SSE graduates reveal how they've been welcomed into the business.

British energy firm SSE welcomes graduates to a range of schemes each year, including their IT and Engineering programmes. Graduates say work life has been busy since they joined the firm, which provides gas and electricity across the UK.

Craig Banach, a Physics graduate from the University of St Andrews, has taken on challenges straight away as part of the IT Graduate Development Programme.

"It's my second week here at SSE and I've already been given a project to manage," he says.

"A Power Station needs a new system for reporting its data to SSE. When I met with the people in charge I discovered that the project was a lot more work than initially anticipated. Because of the different business entities involved in this process it will require a lot more careful management."

Positions on the IT scheme at SSE are based in Perth, Scotland, or Havant, Hampshire, where graduates spend two years working through different rotations. Scott Barron, who studied Business Information Technology at Bournemouth, says he has been made to feel comfortable right away at SSE.

"I have been introduced to so many people in key roles in the company and the department that I am working in," he says. "Everyone is so welcoming and willing to help, even just a nod and a 'hello' while walking through the offices is such a nice feeling."

Craig also says it hasn't taken him long to feel at home with the company.

"I'm starting to feel even more a part of SSE now with real work being handed my way that will ultimately contribute to the continued success of SSE as a business."