PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED IN WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY

I was given responsibility right from the beginning here. As the sole analyst, I was included in important team discussions on the chartering desk and encouraged to give my opinion on big decisions. I was trusted to hedge the fuel oil exposure daily.

There is an expectation on you to perform and progress. You are given the space you need to do our own research, but there is help on hand whenever it’s needed. People are always happy to answer questions. Everyone is approachable and interested in what you have to say.

In my current role I’m responsible for supporting production issues with freight model, developing new features and inventing and testing new strategies. This involves some C# programming, mathematical discussions with the structuring team, some tableau, talking to front office about new ideas and presenting the results of tested ideas. My team offers a huge repository of answers to any question I can think of. If nobody knows the answer, there’s always a willingness to help me find the answer.

LEARNING A GREAT DEAL ALONG THE WAY

One of my highlights so far was delivering a team project to an optimistic deadline. I learnt a great deal of programming, IT infrastructure, database and people-management lessons along the way. In the future I’d like to manage a team of traders – but that’s a long way off yet!

To others thinking of applying to the Graduate Programme, I’d say make sure you tell people what you think rather than what you think they want to hear.

“The best thing about working here is the friendly and supportive culture. There are no city egos.”