Sally Nicholson - Power Systems Engineer
I first joined National Grid when I was 18 and I joined the Year in Industry programme - that was for 12 months. Then I actually enrolled onto National Grid's sponsored student programme so I went to university full time and came back to work with National Grid for my summers, eight weeks at a time. And then after I graduated from university I joined the graduate scheme which was an 18 month programme filled with three six-month placements, and then after I completed the graduate scheme I started my first post role which was as a Power System Engineer.
I really really enjoyed my graduate scheme - I had so much fun and made so many great friends. Actually on the grad scheme I had three six-month placements. I had a placement in electricity asset policy, so I was looking at substation assets; my second placement was in demand forecasting and my third placement was actually a commercial placement which I was a bit nervous about but actually it was really good and has set me up really well for my first post engineering role.
I love working at National Grid, my colleagues are fantastic, and they really support me with the work that I'm doing. National Grid‘s also excellent at supporting me with the training I need. I actually came in to National Grid as a mechanical engineer and now I'm working as a Power System Engineer so National Grid are funding me through a power system engineering Masters which will help me succeed in my job better .
I think a lot of different people are attracted to National Grid so I don't think there's any one right person for National Grid. If you enjoy a challenge, you're energetic and enthusiastic then you'll get on really well here.