Unlocking Creativity

1.    Why did you choose (a graduate scheme at) MM?

MM is a big international firm, working on world-class projects, so there was opportunity to work on something interesting with significant impact. It’s also employee-owned, which allows it to make decisions that are long – termist and aligned with company values, rather than pleasing share-holders at dividend payouts.

2.     What’s your graduate scheme like?

On-the-job training, accompanied by self-selected internal and external training courses. Senior staff are very approachable and another source of learning.

3.     What was like to start formal employment (after many years at uni)?

I was sponsored by Skanska UK and worked three summers as a site engineer. Working in an office was different, and being able to work on a project from start to finish was (and still is!) incredibly satisfying. Working in a team for longer than a few weeks gives you the opportunity to learn better ways to work with each other – everyone is different and you learn the strengths of individuals. 

4.     What’s the best thing about working at MM?

Great colleagues! The Company has strong values, which generally everyone prescribes to. It’s great to be surrounded by like-minded people. 

5.     What’s the most exciting project you’ve been involved in (and why)?

My current project – Tideway; a huge system of shafts and underground tunnels, below the Thames, to improve water quality in the Thames and divert sewage water to treatment facilities. The project is huge in size and it’s potential to improve lives. I’ve been a Londoner for 10 years, so to design something for my city is special. 

6.     What (work achievements) are you most proud of?

Last year, MM supported me to carry out development engineering in Malawi. I’d had experience of volunteering in Malawi as a student, and returning as an experienced engineer, able to use my skills and experience to help communities that had very few resources was incredibly empowering. Engineering with no modern technology, little money, and no electricity is a different challenge to those I face at work! So far in Malawi, I’ve built a footbridge and advised several communities on their infrastructure needs.

7.     What support did you got whilst you working towards your professional qualification?

MM has a great online system to aid advancement towards professional qualification. There are lots of training courses, which MM supports graduates to attend. 

8. What would you say to someone thinking of applying?

MM is a great company if you want to work on exciting projects, with the option of travelling, in a friendly environment of like-minded people.