Meet our Graduates

MEET OUR GRADUATES

Gareth Davison

I started on 9th July 2007 and
am now Billing Manager.

 

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How did being part of Verastar’s graduate programme help you in your development early on in your career?

After the programme I started off in our Management Information team, helping develop key reports. This meant I saw first-hand how the department operated, this gave a better understanding and I was able to actively make improvements.

 

How has your career developed since successfully completing the graduate programme?

I came to Verastar 3 weeks after completing a geology degree. Since coming to Verastar I have taken over billing and written billing systems from scratch for all products that we supply, learning all sorts of coding languages in the process. So although I have not really changed roles, I have basically forged a whole new career path from my original degree, which after 3 years of looking at rocks, I had no interest in making a career out of!

 

What would your advice be to a new graduate in order for them to make the most of the opportunities available?

I remember that as I rotated around various teams in the business I didn’t always immediately see the value at the time but it all ultimately helped me get a real understanding of the business. I’d say any team you’re luckily enough to spend time with embrace the opportunity and make the most of it!

Gareth-Davison

Tamsin Millard

I joined Verastar in September 2013 and I’m
currently Electricity Operations Manager.

 

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How did being part of Verastar’s graduate programme help you in your development early on in your career?

The graduate programme exposed me heavily to our contact centre teams, a hugely important part of our business dealing directly with our customers. I was also given projects to complete, which I’d then present to senior managers. This helped me improve my knowledge of the business, my presentation skills and learning to work within a team.

 

How has your career developed since successfully completing the graduate programme?

I am now in my fourth role at Verastar and I am very grateful to work for a company that has let me develop my own career path. The key skills I have gained throughout my time at Verastar have been both leadership and problem solving, as I have had to push myself to become the product expert in my area and use my initiative in a new industry we lacked experience in!

 

What would your advice be to a new graduate in order for them to make the most of the opportunities available?

I would say that a new graduate should gain as much exposure to the business as they can, so they can really understand what areas they are strong at and enjoy. Putting the effort in to build good working relationships with their colleagues is really important – it helps to maximise learning and also support!

Tamsin-Millard

Ryan Davies

I joined in September 2011 and
am now Project Manager.

 

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How did being part of Verastar’s graduate programme help you in your development early on in your career?

The programme helped me because it gave me exposure to many different departments which fulfilled various roles and responsibilities. I think the programme creates well rounded colleagues.

 

How has your career developed since successfully completing the graduate programme?

I’ve fulfilled a Product and Operations role where I developed and implemented new products and processes. I’ve fulfilled roles across the business that include Project, Programme and Business Analysis.

 

What would your advice be to a new graduate in order for them to make the most of the opportunities available?

The scheme is tough and demands resilience, however, if you persevere the experience will make you stronger and provide the best possible platform for your career at Verastar.

Ryan-Davies

Holly Mack

I joined in August 2009 and
am now Programme Manager.

 

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How did being part of Verastar’s graduate programme help you in your development early on in your career?

It was a massive eye opener into the practical sense of working in a sales driven business. University is all about theory and you sometimes skirt round organisational culture. The scheme I was on was challenging, it helped develop my tenacity. We gained exposure across the whole company and to all senior management very quickly… in what other company can you gain that?

 

How has your career developed since successfully completing the graduate programme?

After the programme I did another year essentially going round under performing departments and assisting with management, driving improvements and looking at their processes. I did that for a year and then I moved position to essentially begin to manage small projects. I learnt about project management, stakeholder management and communications. In 2013, I was promoted to Programme Manager and have my own team that lead many of the key changes within the business.

 

What would your advice be to a new graduate in order for them to make the most of the opportunities available?

Stick with it when it gets tough, as long as your building your character it will be worth it in the end. Take responsibility for your own development and actions – the opportunities are available if you grab them with both hands.

Holly-Mack

Nathan Sargent

I joined in September 2013 and
am now Project Manager.

 

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How did being part of Verastar’s graduate programme help you in your development early on in your career?

The graduate programme provided a wide range of opportunities to explore different functions of the business so you could get a feel for what you enjoyed. It helped to identify core strengths and development areas that you could make a plan to improve on. The programme gave me regular access to all management levels and in particular access with senior management which you would struggle to get elsewhere.

 

How has your career developed since successfully completing the graduate programme?

I’m in the same role I was when I ‘graduated’ from the programme, though I’ve taken on more responsibilities in supporting others in my team. I’ve been entrusted with several high profile projects that have driven growth in the business and allowed us to meet strategic goals.

 

What would your advice be to a new graduate in order for them to make the most of the opportunities available?

Don’t be afraid to ask for help or build relationships. Graduates tend to think that they need to solve all the challenges they are set by themselves. Benefit from the experiences of others by talking to others in the business. Try new things to help discover what you like or what you don’t.

Nathan-Sargent

Aurelia Bowerbank

I joined in August 2007 and am
now Human Resources Manager.

 

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How did being part of Verastar’s graduate programme help you in your development early on in your career?

The scheme gives you exposure to all areas of the business, letting you learn about your strengths and weakness. I learnt about communication skills and customer service when working in the contact centre, I built on my strategic and analytical skills during the projects and operational rotations. Learning so much in only 12 months really built my confidence and my understanding of how this business operates.

 

How has your career developed since successfully completing the graduate programme?

I have had varied responsibilities throughout my time at Verastar. My first role involved reviewing our current recruitment processes within our contact centre. I had a real opportunity to make a difference early on with the introduction of new candidate attraction and assessment methods. Considering my degree was in History and Philosophy, Verastar has given me the opportunity to gain all the skills and experience I need for a career in HR and I now have a job I love where I can really add value.

 

What would your advice be to a new graduate in order for them to make the most of the opportunities available?

Ask lots of questions and really get to know each area of the business you spend time in, understanding how everything works will be invaluable, whatever role you end up in.  Take time to learn who your key stakeholders are, it’s really important you ask the right people the right questions to ensure you come up with solutions that solve the problems and add business value.

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