Graduate schemes at E.ON: Sales and Marketing

Keely Lockhart speaks to Josephine Woodhams about her experience of the Sales and Marketing scheme at at energy giant E.ON

I studied History at the University of Sheffield and before I found out about E.ON, I'd never considered working for an energy company. At first I wondered whether you needed specialist knowledge to apply. I soon found out that this wasn't the case.

I applied because the variety on the scheme really appealed to me. There aren't many schemes where you get to try out four very different roles - and I liked the idea of experiencing both sales and marketing. I knew the scheme would be very challenging, but that I'd get some great experience out of it.

The placements

I'm currently one year in, and so far I've been given a lot of responsibility and have had plenty of hands-on experience.

My first two placements were marketing-based. I was involved in rebranding, which meant I had the chance to work with people across E.ON, as well as creative agencies - I even got to go to photo shoots! I've also worked in the marketing team in Madrid, where I had the chance to learn some Spanish.

Now I'm working in our direct sales team, where we're trying to build strategic partnerships with business clients. It's exciting to be working in a sales environment for the first time, but it's challenging because I'm working with businesses who have different tariffs and tend to be more savvy than residential customers.

I've also had the opportunity to do a course at the Chartered Institute of Marketing and have also taken plenty of in-house training opportunities.

Support

When I started I was assigned an official mentor, a senior manager at E.ON, and I am able to talk to her about anything. Often, mentors aren't involved in what you're doing on your graduate scheme, which is good because they can then give you independent advice about your development.

As well as an official mentor, I also have a buddy who's a past graduate recruit. They're great for day-to-day advice, as well as all the smaller things I don't want to ask someone more senior. On top of that, I've also got my line manager.

I've found that, no matter where they work at E.ON, every mentor is happy to take time out to have a coffee with me. I've never felt lost. Even when I was moving abroad, the mobility support team helped me out with a lot of things, gave me plenty of advice and made the process really easy.

Why choose E.ON?

As a graduate at E.ON, you'll be working for a company at the forefront of renewable energy development. You'll also have the opportunity to choose from a broad variety of schemes that are challenging, exciting, international and dynamic, with generous starting salaries.

The schemes are between 18 months and two years long and consist of four six-month placements, one of which can be spent working for E.ON in Europe. The aim of the schemes is to ensure graduates gain a breadth of experience, get a broad insight into career opportunities at E.ON and maximise their potential.

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