Why did you decide to apply to Mott MacDonald?
I decided to apply to Mott MacDonald after finding their graduate scheme online. It was everything I was looking for in a career, and advertised opportunities for development and training. I read up on the company, and their core values and strong environmental focus reinforced that I wanted to work here.
What did your friends and family think when you accepted the position?
They were happy for me! I secured the job before I left university, which made the transition into work much easier.
What has been your favourite moment since joining?
My favourite moment so far has been working out on site, supervising a ground investigation. It provided a great opportunity to see a project through the design stage and to work with sub-contractors to collect the ground information required.
What has been the most exciting project you have contributed to?
The most exciting project I have contributed to so far is HS2, which I have been involved with since joining the company 10 months ago. This is a huge project which requires significant contribution from environmental teams, and I collaborate daily with ecologists, landscape architects, heritage consultants, land quality teams and many others. My primary role is co-ordinating the environmental input into one section of the line, but also involves contributing to documents and reports. This experience has helped to increase my understanding of engineering, design and project management.
Was the role what you expected, or was there anything unexpected that you really enjoy?
I expected the role to be very busy but rewarding, and it has lived up to this! I didn’t expect to spend lots of my time working with people in offices around the UK. This helps you to grow a huge network of people you can call on for assistance or advice.
What is your work/life balance like?
Great! Our office is very sociable and active, so even when you have a busy week at work there is something to look forward to at lunchtime or in the evening. My colleagues are really friendly and helpful, so if I was ever struggling with my workload I would feel comfortable asking for help to deliver work.
Tell us a bit more about you. Do you have a fun/ interesting fact about yourself/party trick?
I spent five years on a HM Coastguard search and rescue team in Mid Wales. It was very challenging, but has provided me with a range of transferrable skills which help me in my day-to-day work.
What advice would you give to someone applying to Mott MacDonald?
I would recommend that they try to gain some experience in this industry. This will give you an insight into our day-to-day work, challenges, and expectations. If you aren’t able to do work experience or an internship (I didn’t!), try and stand out in a different way. This could be volunteering, having a keen hobby, or many other things. Great grades alone won’t get you that job, show your personality!