John C.

Energy Analyst
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About me

John C.
Environment, Economics and Ecology
United Kingdom

My employment

Energy Analyst
National Grid
United Kingdom
Environment and energy

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A day in the life of a Energy Analyst in the United Kingdom

What I do

Work includes:

- Forecasting levels of gas storage in the UK over the next 20 years

- Forecasting levels of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) the UK is likely to see over the next 20 years

- Sending out monthly reports to various stakeholders accross the company

- Dealing with ad-hoc requests

- Building up market intelligence of the gas industry

Skills I use and how I developed them

My Environment, Economics and Ecology degree was useful, as it gave me the opportunity to learn about climate change, pollution control, and environmental management.

Degree skills:
Spreadsheet skills are the main one here. During my degree I was required to do many pieces of coursework which involved large amounts of data analysis, which still comes in handy to this day!

Extracurricular skills:
During University I took part in the YSIS (York Students in Schools) programme. This involved spending half a day per week volunteering in a local school. This significantly increased my confidence and time management skills.

What I like most

I enjoy working as part of a small team, with great leadership, and friendly colleagues. Part of my job gives me the opportunity to discuss the potential solution to the UK's energy needs, given climate change and government targets on CO2.

What I like least

When I first started in 2009, I found a 40 hour week challenging! This is something I had not previously done, and it took a few months to get used to it!

What would I change? I'd like to get more exposure to what goes on in other areas of the company.

How I found out about the job

Personal contacts

The recruitment process

The first stage consisted of an online written application. This was followed by a phone interview. I was then invited to a two day assessment centre in December 2008, which included an interview, a group discussion, a presentation and some written work.

My career history

After university I moved back to my parents house and got a retail job over the Christmas period. During this time, I was successful in my application to National Grid's graduate scheme. I started on the Graduate Scheme in September 2009, and started my first post in March 2011 at the end of the 18 month programme.

Courses taken since graduation

Gas Safety Passport, BESC (Basic Electrical Substations Competence)

Where I hope to be in 5 years

I'd like to stick in my current role for long enough to become fully competent and confident. One day I hope to be able to manage a small team.

My advice to students considering work

Start looking for jobs while you are still at university. This is something which I regretted not doing. Ask as many different people as you can including lecturers, fellow students, and the careers service for advice. Don't be afraid to apply for jobs, even if you don't think you quite match the skills required - you can always learn!

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