David Linley - Commercial Graduate, Gas Distribution
Being part of the grad scheme you get a lot of support from management in the business, I've been given a mentor that I have probably, maybe bi-monthly meetings with and we get a lot of training to go on. So because I'm commercial graduate - I did a business degree - I get to go on a lot of the engineering training to try and help out with and understand that side of the business.
The best bits about my job are working with people in National Grid, everyone's really friendly and have helped me out a lot because being new to the company I've had a lot of times where I've not really known the answers to things and everyone in the company's been really helpful and helped me make that transition.
Over my time in gas distribution so far I've done two very different placements, so I've been out and helped out with some of the incidents we've had over the winter period so I went down and was face to face with some of the customers and now I'm more commercially based and looking at some of the investment programmes that we get involved in.
If one of my friends was looking to come on the graduate scheme I'd definitely advise them to do it and say there's a lot of opportunities while you're on the graduate scheme, there's a lot of development, a lot of training and they definitely invest in you as a graduate to help you develop as a person
In the next few years I think I'd quite like to obviously progress in my career and be at a level of management, I'm not really sure what level that would be yet. But I think it's such a big company that you can move around quite a lot and do massively different things but still stay within National Grid.