Origin welcomes future leaders to Graduate Program

We caught up with Samantha Ware and Marita Bertholini, two graduates who recently joined the Origin Graduate Program.

Designed to mentor and challenge high potential graduates to help solve the complex issues facing Australia’s energy future, Origin’s Graduate Program this year welcomed 16 future leaders, including Samantha Ware and Marita Bertholini.

Having studied Geology, graduate Samantha wanted to begin her career with a leader in the Oil and Gas Industry.

“I still have to pinch myself every morning that I work for Origin Energy!” Samantha says.

“I have loved every minute of my time here so far. We were given the warmest of welcomes and the tour of site operation really helps to paint the big picture of what we’re all about.

“I’m looking forward to working with such a fantastic team and sinking my teeth in to help crack some of the big problems facing the industry,” says Samantha.

Graduate Chemical Engineer Marita says she’s always had an interest in what she calls the ‘backstage of life”.

“Amazing things like clean water from a tap, electricity at our fingertips, waste management; the things that make life work and that appear simple to the consumer,” says Marita.

“I applied for a job at Origin because this is where the magic happens. And, now that I am here it really seems like magic that we make all of this work, while caring for our community, our people and the environment.”

Emma Brand, Graduate Steering Committee lead, feels that the grad program means so much to Origin on so many different levels.

“Firstly the grads are a fresh set of eyes on our business and, because of this; they have capacity to add value from day one.

“Secondly they bring energy, enthusiasm and passion to the teams they work in. It’s hard not to get caught up in the excitement generated by their curious  minds!

“But the real key is that they are future leaders of our organisation. I’m really looking forward to watching them grow and develop as they get stretched and challenged during their rotations,” Emma says.  

Simon Rowe, Head of Professional Development and Talent explains that while we have had a graduate program in the past, we decided to build a more structured framework focusing on targeted professional development training.

The induction had the graduates visit Condabri where they had the opportunity to tour an operational drilling rig, a well site, water treatment facility, Pond D and a gas plant.

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