About her decision to apply for the RWE Finance Graduate Scheme after joining an internship at RWE Generation SE
Location: Functional Controlling at RWE Supply & Trading in Essen
Starting: September 2019
Let me start by introducing myself: I am Roberta, 22 years old, and since September I’m part of the Finance Trainee Programme at RWE. My first rotation is in the Controlling department of RWE Supply & Trading GmbH.
My enthusiasm for the company was awakened by a two month internship at RWE Generation SE in the two finance departments “Top Management Reporting” and “Economic Evaluation”, which I completed for my studies International Business during summer 2018. I applied for an internship in the first place because I was really interested in the energy sector with all its challenges for the years and decades to come. As a child of the "Ruhrpott" I wanted to gain a little insight on how the largest German power generator is prepared for the future.
Part of the „RWE family“
With hindsight I can say that I was enthusiastic from the first day: such a positive working atmosphere, kind and helpful employees who each single has such an enthusiasm for the company RWE. Already during my internship I had the feeling of being part of the big RWE family as a "small" member. This feeling was confirmed three weeks ago when I started with the graduate programme. Everyone is friendly, open, helpful and tireless to answer every question.
The first week of the programme was organized as an induction week with numerous events to get to know the company and the working procedures. Through such an incredible onboarding event we got to know all trainees from different programmes and locations. We were brought together as a new group and additionally were able to integrate into the existing group of experienced trainees from previous years. Through such events and the positive working atmosphere in general, you have the opportunity to establish a network and bond with your colleagues even outside of the office.
You can decide on the focus of the programme
During the two years programme you will be in four different departments. Since you can choose your rotations yourself, it is possible to focus exactly on what you are interested, get to know different companies of RWE and their business models, be for a rotation abroad and work in an international environment. All of this grants you the possibility to shape your own professional development within RWE.
Already during the internship I was granted the opportunity to get involved in ongoing projects and was able and allowed to contribute. After the internship I even got the opportunity to write my Bachelor Thesis in cooperation with RWE about the premature coal phase-out in Germany. Also during this time, I had the utmost support and access to information at all times.
Now, although I’m in the first weeks of the graduate programme, I am seen as a “normal” team member and given responsibility and trust by getting own task and being completely involved in all tasks. Such encourages to constantly grow.
I’m already looking forward to the next two years!