"I loved the feel of the company on the assessment day"

Carly Robertson - Digital Business Liaison

Tell us about yourself Carly

I studied Earth Science at the University of Glasgow, graduating with a BSc in June 2018. I joined James Fisher just a few months later, in September 2018.

What attracted you to James Fisher and Sons?

I did some research on the company and found that they work within many really interesting markets, doing cool stuff which drew me to it. Marine geoscience was the favourite part of my course, so working for a marine services company sounded great. All of this combined was encouraging me to apply.

Then there were several things that made me sure I wanted to join the scheme. Firstly the scheme itself sounded really great. The leadership development aspect would enable me to learn a lot and hopefully progress my career at James Fisher relatively quickly. Furthermore, I loved the feel of the company on the assessment day. It felt incredibly friendly and familial, not at all corporate, as you'd sometimes expect from a company of its size.

What's a typical day like for you?

As my first rotation was within James Fisher Asset Information Services, which is a newly established unit of the business, I have had the opportunity and flexibility to get involved with many different projects. At the moment, my focus is split between planning and facilitating Design Thinking Workshops for James Fisher's digital products, and working on the commercial models for those same products.

How would you describe the training and mentoring you have received so far?

Each of us has a mentor whom we can go to if we are looking for advice on anything, which is great. We have also had some fantastic formal training days and I'm looking forward to more of them in the future. The informal 'on-the-job' training with my colleagues has been hugely beneficial too. This is where I have picked up real skills and also helpful little tips from their experiences.

What has been the most exciting project you have worked on so far?

I love working on the Design Thinking Workshops. It can be a very busy and challenging few days in the workshop, but I feel like I am making a difference to the group company (or at least I hope I am!) when we run them. It's a great way to meet people across the group and to continually improve my presentation and people skills.


Find out more about James Fisher's Graduate Leadership Development Programme 2020.