30 April 2009Posted by Tommy Kwan
Apologies that it's been a while since my last posting, it's been hectic at work and I took some time out to finish my exams - you'll be glad to know that I am now exam qualified!
As I'm in the Mergers and Acquisitions team, much of what I'm working on is confidential - which makes it quite tricky to talk about work in or out of this blog! So instead I wanted to give you a wider perspective of other graduates and recent ex-graduates who have come from Centrica to work in Direct Energy (DE).
The first person I want to talk about will give you an example of how the graduate scheme can help to propel you in your career.
Introducing Chris Ronketti!
Chris joined the Centrica IS graduate scheme in 2006. Coming off the scheme late 2008, he was recruited to work in DE over here, as Senior Analyst, Direct Energy Home Services Business Development.
His role involves investigating the opportunities for Energy Efficiency (EE) in the US and Canada. This includes aiding in the design of EE programs and tariffs, researching upcoming technologies and legislation and facilitating meetings with State energy offices, Not-For-Profit Organisations and Weatherisation Agencies. His work has taken him all over North America, most recently visiting Dayton in Ohio and Austin and San Antonio in Texas.
Chris tells me that the opportunities for EE in the US and Canada are vast; He feels he can share the knowledge and expertise that he built up whilst on the UK graduate programme. To give you a bit of background on that, on one of his rotations, Chris became heavily involved in the successful "Green Streets" programme. Not only did this give him a fair amount of responsibility, development and exposure at the time, but his new role in DE shows that the experience he received on the graduate scheme has positioned him well for the future.
You can read more about Green Streets at www.britishgas.co.uk/greenstreets
If anyone has any questions to Chris, I would be happy to pass them on.