Monisha Oommen - Engineer Training Programme, Electricity Construction
I wanted to be a trainee engineer, I think this stems from childhood, I used to be the one at home that opened up all the videos and TV's and tried to experiment and find out what was happening in there, but as I got older I felt I needed to get out there and experience things and I'd heard of National Grid from when I was at university, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to join them.
Before I came to National Grid I was an IT project manager. The best bits of my job are that every day is different, when we're in the working environment you can have various projects going on, and issues coming from site - it's just incredibly exciting and varied.
A slight concern I had when I started was that being a woman you'd get treated slightly differently. But it's been fantastic - when you're here, you've got to put as much elbow grease and effort in as the guys do so you just get treated like one of the lads, which is really good.
I would definitely encourage more women to join this industry. It's such a versatile and wonderful environment to be in. And it's exciting, it's challenging and National Grid make an effort to encourage women to join and it would be nice to see some more women in the workplace here.
Amongst my group of colleagues I'm known as being very ambitious so these goals might be a bit too far but in the next two years I'd like to be pretty experienced and to have completed my foundation degree and the engineering programme, be a fully fledged project manager/project engineer. In five years time I'd like to be at a portfolio manager stage which is equivalent of a programme manager that runs a whole group of projects based on regions or the type of work, and in 10 years time, my lines manager might not be pleased with this but I'm hoping to be a lines manager!