Stream: Sales / Placements: Certas Energy UK – Newport & Bristol, Butagaz - Paris 

For anyone looking to travel as part of their work, the DCC Graduate Programme gives ample opportunity for placements across the world (mainly in Europe, North America and Asia). 

The main role I had on my first placement with Certas was as a Customer Account Manager on the Commercial Sales team. My day-to-day duties involved managing a portfolio of clients, developing relationships using a consultative sales approach in order to better understand their various needs. My project was to diversify and grow the product portfolio for clients of each sales team across the South-West region, giving me great exposure to senior management and allowing me to travel as part of the role.  Although a steep learning curve I got the opportunity to have a real impact on the commercial success of the region and business.

I have just joined the Innovation Team at Butagaz in Paris as a New Business & Innovation Analyst where I’ll be investigating new ways for Butagaz to generate revenue outside of core Gas. This will be a more of a strategic role compared to the operational focus at Certas.

The programme has provided me with significant opportunity for personal and professional growth.  In preparation for my placement in Paris, the one-to-one French lessons quickly increased my proficiency to a professional level to prepare me for life and work in Paris.  With all the support, I have enjoyed a smooth transition from one placement to another.

During my time on the programme I have also obtained the PRINCE2 Agile project-management certification with DCC sponsorship. My next role will be significantly more project-based so this will be the perfect platform to utilise my new qualification.

The effect your direct contribution on the programme can have on such a large company is profound. I’ve developed both personally and professionally during my first year and every step of the way I’ve felt the support of DCC.  The Graduate Programme team is only ever a phone call or email away if I ever need help with anything and I also have the ongoing support of my Graduate Coach and Buddy.