Being an intern at SEPA – part two


OliviaJayneTaylorOlivia-Jane Taylor recently joined us as a graduate intern, providing support to our Chief Executive. We take a closer look at her role and find out what inspired her to join SEPA.

What is your job and what does it involve?

My official title is ‘graduate intern’ and my main role is to support the Chief Executive, which involves a whole variety of different tasks and support a lot of external engagements. As I work so closely with the Chief Executive, I have had the opportunity to experience all aspects of SEPA, which is fascinating. When I am not supporting him, I also support the Change Team.

What attracted you to working for SEPA?

I have a real passion for the conservation of the environment. As a trained economist, I understand the need to balance both economic activity and its detrimental effects on the environment. This enables me to have a comprehensive understanding of the vital role of regulation. I’m proud to say I work for SEPA because of the world class work they do for Scotland’s environment.

Had you heard of SEPA before applying for the job?

Yes. As part of my time at university we studied how both local and international markets react to different types of enforcement, which is one of SEPA’s fundamental roles.

How did you feel on your first day working for SEPA?

Surprisingly, I wasn’t nervous. The people I’d be working closely with had taken the time to chat with me before I started and give me an insight into what to expect. This was really reassuring and made the transition into my new role really easy.

What are the best and worst parts of your job?

I really enjoy the level of variety in my role; each day is completely different to the last and I look forward to coming into work in the mornings. Having access to different opportunities is by far the best part of my job. The most difficult part is being really flexible to accommodate the variety of my role, but it’s a challenge I’m enjoying.

How has SEPA supported you in settling in to your job?

Settling in has been really easy for me. I’ve had a lot of support, not only from my team, but from wider parts of the organisation.

What do you see yourself doing in the future?

Hopefully, I will be able to find a well suited full-time role at SEPA. If not, SEPA has certainly inspired me to continue to work within the environment sector.


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