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Joe Paton

“What excites me most about my future career? The chance to meet people from around the world, shape my own career through building knowledge and experience and the opportunity to work on large-scale and complex engineering projects.”

Joe Paton
European Ph.D. graduate



The story so far
I recently joined the graduate programme as a Ph.D. graduate. My first one-year assignment is based in Global Operations, modelling energy flows at the new Tees Valley Energy from Waste power plant.

Career inspiration
There’s an extremely high level of expertise within the team I am a part of. New innovative technologies are being applied and implemented on an unprecedented scale globally. Air Products has a high level of R&D activity relating to new processes and equipment and the company is investing in the UK.

Why Air Products
The ability to rotate around the business whilst on the graduate scheme, which gives a unique opportunity to gain an insight into what future career opportunities are possible in the business and to understand the different working cultures within other departments.

Air Products culture
Safety is such a high priority within Air Products – this means that you gain a new perspective on both your working life and life outside of work, to look after each other.

There are several helpful levels of support offered to new-starters:
• Line manager/supervisor: work-related issues, target setting.
• Mentor: career objectives, chartership guidance, familiarisation.
• Buddy: familiarisation both before joining and in the initial few weeks of employment, careers advice, general support.
• Graduate committee: formal support framework run by graduates for graduates, including social events, networking, careers seminars.

Most memorable moment
Receiving such a generous and organised welcome into the department where I currently reside. Within a short space of time this made me feel like a valuable member of the team.

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