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Naomi Baker
22-year-old Naomi Baker joined the Graduate Development Programme at BAE System’s Maritime business in September 2012 and is currently working in the business’ commercial function, based in Portsmouth.

Naomi graduated from the University of Durham with a history degree before going on to secure a Masters in war studies at Kings College in London. During her studies Naomi learnt a lot about international and domestic political policy. The graduate scheme at BAE Systems appealed to Naomi because it would enable her to keep abreast of these types of issues but in a commercial capacity.

Naomi said: “I had spent time doing work experience at the Houses of Parliament and in the office of a Minister for European Parliament. While I was working in Westminster I passed a massive poster advertising positions at BAE Systems. After some desk research and speaking to a family friend who also works at the company I decided it was definitely for me.”

 Since being accepted onto the scheme Naomi has worked with BAE Systems contract teams bidding for and managing contracts for the service and maintenance of Royal Navy vessels.  Within her current role she works exclusively with the UK MOD but within the graduate scheme she hopes to broaden her knowledge by working on export contracts.

During her first six months Naomi will be working within the commercial function, but she will also have the opportunity to get involved in other parts of the business with three further six month placements over a two year period.  She is also passing on her newly acquired management skills to students within local schools and colleges. 

“I’d wholeheartedly recommend the graduate scheme at BAE Systems to others,” she enthuses. “My experience at university was that the types of graduate schemes advertised most widely are those in law, banking and accountancy. There’s a common misconception that BAE Systems is really only looking to take on engineering graduates but this isn’t the case at all. There are a huge variety of non-engineering roles available and it is worth looking more widely and considering other options and routes into the job you want.”

The BAE Systems Graduate Development Framework offers training and development through a mix of practical ‘on-the-job’ work programmes. The company recruits around 150 graduates each year across BAE Systems in the UK which means there are around 300 graduates on programme at any one time. 

For more information about the Graduate Development Framework at BAE Systems visit