A picture of Callie's story

Callie studied History at Durham University.

What really made the scheme stand out for me was the opportunity to spend time in four completely different areas of the business and the investment in my learning and development that Sanctuary provides.

My first placement was in Community Investment looking at how our work in communities could positively impact other areas of our business as well as our tenants. As part of this, I was able to visit neighbourhoods across the country, from Aberdeen to Torbay, to see how we support our tenants and communities.

Throughout my placement I had the freedom to get involved in new pieces of work that interested me, such as looking at the measurement of Social Return on Investment and working with the design team to produce new promotional material for our projects. The freedom to do this, coupled with the autonomy I was given by my manager to define the scope of my project and the project plan, led to an amazing breadth of work throughout my placement.

My second placement with the Information Systems projects team has given me the opportunity to learn more widely about the future of technology and technology change management. During this placement I have been given a huge level of responsibility and trust, and have helped to lead on the business engagement for our new technology strategy. This has involved speaking to over 25 different business areas about their current state and how they would like technology to transform the way they work over the next 5 years. I have also been able to help in planning the strategy and governance around implementing some of this change after my placement has ended.