Cyber Security

Graduate name Kirstin Sands
Degrees and University BSc Actuarial Science, Heriot-Watt University
Sponsor Office for Nuclear Regulation
Secondments Undertaken ONR, Cyber Security & Information Assurance Graduate, Sellafield, Cyber Security & Information Assurance Graduate.

Describe a typical day as a nucleargraduate:

A typical day as a nucleargraduate will either be in your secondment company, on training or out on personal development opportunities. For me this involved a lot of external meetings across the UK with a range of individuals. Being an ONR sponsored graduate, I got to visit many different sites and interact with both national and international companies. My days in the office consisted of carrying out investigations and interviews for the project I was tasked with as well as liaising with the extended Security team. Another part of your day/week not to be forgotten is the work involved with the SME formation.

How has the training provided by nucleargraduates helped with your professional development?

The training provided by nucleargraduates has provided me with a wide spectrum of new learning. The Influencing and Negotiating course was especially helpful as it taught me to think about how I approach interactions and the language that I use in them. Alongside this, the Project Management Qualification is also a great addition as it benefits the SME project and my day to day role of managing workload.

What is your magic moment in your time on the nucleargraduates programme?

My magic moment was realising the stage that this scheme has gotten me to and the international opportunities I have as a result. I have always dreamed of working abroad and this scheme has made that dream achievable.

What advice would you give a future nucleargraduate?

I would advise future nucleargraduates to grasp every opportunity that comes their way. On this scheme you will come across events, secondments and situations that you wouldn’t normally have the exposure to or the opportunity to be included in. These diverse opportunities are hugely beneficial for personal and professional development and are not to be underestimated.