Victor Azuka joined British Steel as part of our graduate intake of 2022 and has recently completed his first year at the company. Having worked in different areas of plant within the year, Victor has already developed key skills to help him in the steel industry as he progresses with his career. Find out more about Victor and his journey so far…
What did you do before joining British Steel?
In 2018, I obtained my bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Port Harcourt. I then proceeded to intern at Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company from August 2019 to May 2020. Following this, I studied for my MSc in energy engineering at the University of Hull, graduating in September 2022 with a distinction. I have been with the business for a year now having joined on the 26th September upon my graduation from the university.
Why did you want to join British Steel?
British Steel is involved in all aspects of steel production which means that there could always be opportunities to work in different plant and business areas, and this was one of the things that motivated me to apply to join the business. This basically means that I could apply the skillset from my studies in both mechanical and energy engineering to the benefit of the business across diverse areas, while also further developing myself.
What does your day-to-day role involve?
Daily, my time is usually split between the office and plant. While in the office, I typically carry out paperwork which may include completing work packs, appraising risk assessment documents, etc. and liaising with contractors and suppliers. Out in plant, I carry out hands-on tasks and inspections.
What are you enjoying about British Steel so far?
Just like I had anticipated when I applied to join the business, I have been fortunate within my first year here to work in two different plant areas: the ore preparation plant as a maintenance engineer and I’m now working at the blast furnace on project engineering. Across these plants I have worked with some wonderful individuals who have been very instrumental in my growth by providing me with the support and guidance I need as a young professional within the industry. It always feels great coming to work knowing I have a great support system.
Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years’ time within British Steel?
I hope to progress to a management position and obtain further training in leadership and management, including my Master of Business Administration (MBA).
What advice would you give to other people considering a career with us?
Just go for it. The industry needs you as much as you need it.