Updated: Feb 21, 2019
Working within the IT Portfolio Office at EDF Energy gave Meena diversity in tasks.
Now a Ringtail Consultant at FTI Consulting, Meena Gowresan’s ﬁrst exposure to industry was through a Year in Industry (YINI) placement at EDF Energy, where she developed key skills.
Meena completed her Year in Industry in 2014, working within the IT Portfo-lio Office at EDF Energy. The office overlooked and governed multiple IT projects, which gave Meena a lot of diversity in the tasks she undertook.
As this was her ﬁrst STEM* workplace experience, the placement provided her with a real insight into what it would be like to enter the world of work after completing her degree, helping her to develop essential skills such as time management.
Completing a Year in Industry gave Meena a head-start in comparison to her peers - with every interview she attended post-degree, she was able to demonstrate core skills and knowledge, that could only have been developed through experience.
During her placement year, Meena was able to mature through the responsi-bility given to her by her line manager, as well as experiencing living in a city where she didn’t know anyone. This developed independence in Meena, putting her in an advantageous position for her ﬁnal year at university.
Meena, now a Consultant within the IT sector, regularly recommends a place-ment year to students who are looking to follow a similar route into industry. Of the ways in which organisations could beneﬁt from taking on a Year in Industry student, she says:
“Many organisations look for candidates with experience but when a young person doesn't have experience they need that stepping stone, therefore this is the perfect opportunity for them. There may not appear to be an immediate return on investment to a company, but it will become a lot more valuable in the long run. It's about ﬁnding the suitable candidate to join your organisa-tion and letting them give back - after all we all have to start somewhere.”