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Our operations cover the 95 miles of the River Thames. We work to keep commercial and leisure users safe, protect and enhance the environment, and promote the use of the river for trade and travel.
The tidal river (95 miles from Teddington Lock to the North Sea) is home to the UK’s second biggest port by tonnage of goods and the country’s busiest inland waterway, carrying 60% of all goods lifted on the UK’s inland waterway network. Almost 10 million people take trips on the river every year and up to five million tonnes of freight is moved on it, keeping more than 250,000 lorries off the busy roads of the capital. It is an important, thriving environment, home to more than 100 different species of fish, hundreds of seals, special protection areas and sites of special scientific interest. Over 300,000 over-wintering birds visit the Thames every year.
What are the best and worst things about your job?
My team and my manager are great. They care about me, my growth and success. I genuinely feel valued and crucial to the team's success even though I have only been here for 3 months.
Diversity of role: I get to do so much in a day and everything is so different. One day I could be working on a very complex and technical excel spreadsheet, the next I could be attending a Waterborne Freight working group where I help to lead the Marketing strategy.
Industry: Transport, Logistics and DistributionDepartment: Information TechnologyJob Title: Graduate IT Analyst
What are the best and worst things about your job?
There is a range of things to do which utilise a lot of my skill set. I have already undergone some prince2 training to help me with my career progression. The people here are also very friendly and helped me settle in very well.
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It was a very traditional application. No psychometric tests which was a real positive for me. I went through an agency who were helpful during the application process. Although, from their first judgements of my CV they didn't think I would be a good fit, so I challenged them and show examples of my previous work which changed their minds.
"Be yourself" and just relax. I thought my first interview went terribly, by my standards - although I still got the role.
The second interview which was task-based, allowed me to show my analytical skills by completing a short task in excel and answering "what else do you think would be useful to know?". In this style of interview I would say manage your time to give both parts a fair share, but equally don't be afraid to show us exactly how you work. That's what we want to know.
Make sure that you make your skills stand out on your CV/application. Put the most relevant information that you think will suit the company you are applying for- make it relevant and make sure you stand out!
In your interview use personal experience and examples to expand on the skills and things you have mentioned in your CV. That way you have a lot to talk about and can show there's more to you than what is on your CV.
Make sure to ask the interviewer questions about what you expect from a job too, to make sure the job is the right fit for you!
Don't be afraid to join an industry that is very different from others.
There are lots of shipping terms and acronyms that probably won't make much sense - but more experienced colleagues will always be there to help.
Understand that no 2 days are the same, the variety is enjoyable.
Gravesend isn't that bad of a place really!
Research the organisation - It will improve your chances to get an interview if you have a better understanding of what the company does.
Be enthusiastic! If you're interested in the job - show it!
The interviewers know you are most likely nervous, take a second to process the questions and structure your answers.
Talk about yourself, interests & hobbies - the interviewers are looking for somebody to work with so show your personality.
When waiting for your interview be observant - read notices, listen to conversations. This will ease your nerves and you may also pick up information that can help structure your answers.
Put as much detail and experience in as possible, and relate skills/characteristics to specific and related examples where you can.
Most of all be yourself and answer straight. The interviewer isn't always trying to trick you, it is also a way for the employer to understand what they will need to focus on more/less with you. So as much as you should big up your experiences you should also only present what you know.
Passionate: everyone is really passionate about what it is that they do. They want to share their knowledge, which for a new person is great because it meant I got to grips with its complex model quicker than I thought.
IT: yes we get a brand new iPhone 10 XR and HP windows 10 laptop - which is great. However, the ability to integrate new 'one' of tech is a problem. There's a fear over using WhatsApp, which means adhoc casual conversations happen on email when there's no need.
Old school approach: The Port of London is about to embark on a cultural shift, which is massively needed. There are a few people who are too comfortable - more in some departments than others - or deem directorial approval needed on everything we do. This means changing things eg IT or communication apps can be quite difficult.
There are many different areas in the company which I work in, so I am able to work on many different projects within different departments; allowing me to learn more about what the company does and how I help with this. Flexible working hours
Our main office is getting some work done to it at the moment, so it can be quite noisy. But once the work is complete the new offices are something to look forward to!
Employers constantly tell us that there is nothing that impresses them more than a graduate who has properly researched the company and really knows why they want to work there - so make sure that you tell them in your application that you have read-up all about them on TheJobCrowd and so you really know what makes that company great and why they are right for you. It will help your application, we promise!
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