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Alice Lovatt – Graduate Case Study

Alice has been able to follow her passion of working in an environmental role since she completed Sanctuary’s Core Graduate Programme in April 2021.

Now a Senior Environment Officer, Alice completed a range of placements and a certificate in data analysis before joining Sanctuary in a permanent position. She explains why she chose the Core Graduate Programme: “I wanted to gain insight into all of Sanctuary’s diverse operations. The Core Programme offers a fantastic opportunity to carve out your own niche and discover what you individually can bring to Sanctuary’s mission to deliver affordable homes and sustainable communities where people choose to live.

“When applying for graduate roles, being passionate about the aims of the organisation was the most important factor for me. I had trains booked to an assessment centre for a role in accounting at another company; I ultimately couldn’t bring myself to go as I had no passion for the role, knowing that I had to keep trying to find something that I got excited about. I’m so glad I did!”

Alice’s role as Senior Environment Officer means she’s responsible for ensuring that environmental initiatives are delivered, analysed and communicated as planned. She played a key part in launching Sanctuary’s first Environment and Climate Strategy 2021 (PDF 1MB) in early 2021 and is now working on projects that achieve the strategy’s aims.

She’s given us her top three tips for new starters on Sanctuary’s Graduate Programme:

  1. Don’t be afraid to seek out new opportunities within Sanctuary. From working in another organisation’s Sustainability Department, I knew I’d love to work in an environmental role. While there wasn’t a specific sustainability team at Sanctuary when I started, by the time I finished the scheme, there was!
  2. Trust your instincts and embrace taking the initiative. As a graduate, it can be nice to have specific instructions and tasks to do, but workflows don’t always operate like that. Most of my placements were self-directed where I was given a brief, and then freedom to achieve it. This can seem daunting, but it teaches you how to plan effectively, project manage, and communicate.
  3. Network! I really benefited from having at least one key contact that I could speak to in each business area. Even if I needed to find out something that they wouldn’t know directly, if it related to their business area, people are always happy to signpost and put you in contact with others.

And not surprisingly, the Sanctuary Value to which Alice feels closest is sustainability. She said: “There’s never been a more exciting time to make a positive impact on the planet, and Sanctuary is fully committed to playing its part.”