The following is a Graduate Review for Babcock International Group.
Babcock International Group scores 3.9/5 based on 316 reviews.
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What are the Best and Worst things about your job?
The diversity of engineering that the company offers and the ability to get out and about to visit other companies Babcock engage with to deliver projects for the MoD. The company also offers opportunities for you to try other areas of the business that are not engineering focused i.e. Business innovation and commercial.
There are the usual niggles everyone feels but at the end of the day, the company is excellent to work for. They support you and your development but to get the most of if you need to push yourself.
One thing to note is that once you pick a sector to work in, you cannot do placements in other sectors i.e. if you work in Marine you cannot go over to Aviation. To do this you have to externally apply for a full-time job. So make sure you go into the sector you really want.
A couple of summer placements should be able to help you answer this if you are unsure.
What is the annual salary for this role?
Starting salary: £29,000 - £31,000
Current salary: £33,000 - £35,000
What hours do you actually work, on average?
What advice would you give to someone applying to this role?
The application process for Babcock was certainly one of the easier out of other companies I applied for, it is long-winded and there are several steps you have to pass to actually get offered an interview.
It's fairly self-explanatory and asks you the usual questions of team building, problem-solving, basic analytical evaluating etc. Google is wonderful for the generic application prep stuff.
However, one thing that really helped me was realising that I am not the only Engineer going for this role and that I need to make myself stand out from the ground by showing me as a person, not me the engineer. They know the latter as I have a degree in it.
The thing I chose to make me stand out was to express my volunteer ventures in the local sailing community and other unusual things about me. This worked both times I applied for it. I didn't get it the first time but I sure did the second.
Do you have any interview tips?
To get the job in Babcock I had 2 attempts, one was with just my BSc in Marine & Composites Technology and the other was a year later when I had completed my Masters in Marine Renewable Energy.
I didn't get the position because of my not having a masters, I didn't get it because I wasn't my true self, I was so stressed and wound-up worry about saying the wrong thing etc. This made me stumble over my words in the interview and not express my engineering knowledge during the 'technical presentation' - don't worry its really not that hard. I had to propose a new area the company could expand into and why this would be beneficial. Needless to say because I didn't give myself a fair chance, I didn't succeed.
The second time I went, I approached it with an entirely different approach, for me it wasn't a grilling interview I needed to be stressed about and that I needed to show them I was a great engineer. Instead, it was just going to be a presentation and brief chat for them to get to know me and for me to know them. Remember an interview is as much of your benefit as it is theirs, you need to like the company to do well in it.
When it comes to the technical presentation, try to be clever but don't stress if it is not 100% sound, they are not looking for you to do that. They want to see how you think, nothing more.
If you do get an interview, enjoy it, be friendly with the other candidates and the interviewers and don't stress. The fact you have got this far shows they want you, you just need to tick the 'I am not crazy honest!' box.