Welcome to the next post in our 'Graduate Showcase' where you can get to know our first official graduate cohort. We caught up with Peter Engelsen after his first few weeks with us to find out how the programme is going.
Having completed my first month on the graduate programme here at Socitm Advisory, writing this piece provides me with a great chance to reflect on what has been a busy few weeks meeting the talented people here at Socitm Advisory and getting to see the fantastic work they do.
Tell us a little about your education...
I graduated from the University of Brighton with a First Class (Hons) in Politics and Social Policy in 2017. I then went on to complete my MA in Public Policy this September at the University of Nottingham, where I will graduate with a Distinction later on this year.
How did you find out about the Socitm Advisory graduate programme and why did you apply?
When I was looking for work in September there were no opportunities that genuinely piqued my interest more than the graduate programme that Socitm Advisory advertised online. I saw a programme that would give me the freedom to explore a range of different interests and the support mechanisms in place to provide the perfect environment in which to begin my professional career.
How did you find the application process for the programme?
After filling out an online application I was invited to speak to Nadia Lenzen over the phone. I was able to discuss my application and ask questions around the rest of the process. I then joined Matt Gascoigne, COO at Socitm Advisory, for a face-to-face discussion. Not only did this give Matt an opportunity to ask me questions about myself, but it also allowed me to gain an insight into the forward thinking and ambitious culture that exists throughout Socitm Advisory. Subsequent conversations with other consultants reaffirmed this for me and, as the process developed, I began to see just how brilliant an opportunity this was.
How have you found your time at Socitm Advisory since joining us?
My transition from life as a postgraduate student in Nottingham into the world of consultancy has been aided by the friendliness and support of my new colleagues, and I would like to thank them all for their warm welcome. It is very clear that each of them brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in public sector transformation and I am excited about this unique opportunity to learn from so many talented individuals.
What you have already been doing as part of the programme?
I have been actively working on a project with the Royal Borough of Greenwich where Socitm Advisory are assisting in a review of the case management system, which is used in the provision of health and social care. I have been able to undertake work that has made a meaningful impact on the progression of the project, and it is great to be so involved in this project.
Alongside Greenwich, I have had the chance to get involved in a whole range of activities. From learning about software testing, to helping organise a workshop on the future of artificial intelligence in health and social care. Socitm Advisory has already allowed me to develop my skills and to discover new skills I didn’t know I had.
As you continue in your rotations what are you most looking forward to?
I am excited to see where the graduate programme will take me. I feel very grateful for the opportunity to join Socitm Advisory at such a momentous time in their preparations for the future.
I would say to any future graduates considering applying for this programme: make sure you ask plenty of questions, be yourself, and good luck! Find out more about the programme on our website: https://www.advisory.socitm.net/graduates