I already knew that I wanted to work in commodities trading during my degree in theoretical physics at Birmingham University. My work experience included several months at a mechanical engineering company that develops drives for electric cars and an au-pair assignment in France.
The RWE Supply & Trading graduate programme was particularly interesting for me because it offered the opportunity to freely select where I could work. A real plus point was the idea that I could test out which business areas I would enjoy and like the most. At the same time, I would learn how the different teams work together and operate.
I got to know a lot of employees at the assessment centre, which made the decision to go with RWE Supply & Trading easy for me. All graduates receive the same training during the first week – both technical skills and soft skills are fostered. It’s a great opportunity to get to know the other graduates as well as new colleagues. My first rotation was in the Business Engineering department in Swindon, where I gained an overview of the department’s work. I am now in my second rotation and work in the Trading Risk Controlling department in Essen, Germany.
As a graduate, you are given responsibility for the topic straight away and are treated as a full team member from day one. If you want to take on even more responsibility in a certain area, your colleagues will be happy to help you find topics and tasks. I spent a lot of time developing new tools or optimising existing ones. I’ve designed a new tool that’s used for customising the weekly reviews and it’s really great to see the team still using it.
My team consists of true specialists and I instantly felt right at home. They give me tasks that I find really exciting and are grateful for new ideas and potential solutions. We have also had several team events outside of work. This made me feel as though I was a direct part of the team and well and truly integrated.
I think it’s unusual in this industry for there to be such a good atmosphere in the office. My colleagues take their time for me and are open to any questions.