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Coffee Break with… Will Fish

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Once a month, we share a morning coffee break with one of the Powerstar team to find out more insight into their day-to-day role and why they enjoy working within the Energy sector.

This month, we’ve caught up with Will Fish, one of our Sales Apprentices. Here’s what he had to say…

What was your first job role within the Energy Sector?

My first role was as a placement Student at Sellafield Ltd. I worked in a technical roll looking at the fluid dynamics of highly active waste. The nuclear industry was very interesting and getting to spend everyday in a nuclear facility was pretty cool.

Describe a typical day at Powerstar

After parking up, logging on and making a cup of tea. I start by checking my emails and replying to the ones which can be sorted immediately and check our inbox for enquiries. I then spend my day assisting customers on complex projects, writing proposals and reviewing Half hourly Data (HHD) to size VO units.

What do you enjoy the most about working in Energy?

I enjoy working in energy because of the pace of the industry. In my role, I like the fact I am client facing – which involves me constantly talking to new customers about unique problems.

Are there any drawbacks to working in this sector?

I would say that it is sometimes frustrating see profits placed above CO2 emissions.

What’s your proudest achievement to date?

I completed the Wolds Way Walk which is an 80 mile walk from the Humber Bridge in Hull all the way up to Filey across 2 days. I played cricket for Beverley Town CC, and a few years ago we had a friend of the club pass away from cancer. We decided to raise money for McMillan and the Cricket Club. Staring day 1 at 12am on Saturday night (After cricket that day), walking from the Humber Bridge to near Fridaythorpe then waking up early on day 2 to finish the walk. The club as a whole raised £30k (£800 from myself) which was split £15k for the cricket club and £15 for McMillan.

Do you have any hobbies outside of work?

Rock Climbing! I started rock climbing when I did a semester abroad at Cornell University and fell in love. I started for the fitness element but the sort of people you meet while doing it makes it a really good environment to be in and around. Since moving to Sheffield, I have started climbing at the foundry and have started getting outdoors to Stanage Edge as the weather is getting better!

Cricket! I have played cricket since I was young. I am an opening bat and love seeing off the new ball. I am new to Sheffield and have just joined Sheffield Collegiate and am looking forward to the first game this month.

I also enjoy making really bad jokes.

Advancements in technology often cause significant changes in many industries, such as energy. What recent technological advances have had the biggest impact on your personal life?

Google Nest! Last year I got a google nest, one of those home assistants and it makes a lot of things easier. I just ask it to play a podcast, music or BBC Radio 1. I tell it to set alarms and ask what the weather is going to be like etc. It genuinely was a good investment. (Google if you see this, I am happy to be paid for this advert).

If you had to give one piece of advice to people seeking jobs in energy, what would it be?

Be patient. I applied for an awful number of jobs before landing this one! Coming out of Uni I knew I wanted to be in energy but in a less technical role. I was applying for a lot of jobs before this came along. Maybe I was getting rejected from the other jobs because it was always the plan to get this one which has been such a good fit for this point in my career.

Why Powerstar?

Powerstar has massive growth potential over the next few years as energy storage takes off! I want to develop a broad skill set while I am here and starting at a company of this size is a great way to get a feel of how the intricacies of a company work.

Describe Team Powerstar in 3 words

Resilient, Dedicated and Welcoming!

Will has quickly become a valuable member of the team at Powerstar and we look forward to working with him for many years to come. 


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