I saw the Graduate Development Programme with WSP advertised online, and after researching the company and looking at some of their many impressive projects, with an extensive knowledge base all over the world, I knew this was the company I wanted to work for. I applied for the role online and was progressed through the video interview stage. The graduate recruitment team take time to understand your preferences for the area of the company you'd like to work in and the location. They found me a suitable role and I got to meet the team in their local office for an interview. I got to see some of the fascinating projects they work on first hand, really getting see what it is like to work for one of the top engineering consultants in the UK.
Since joining WSP I have faced a few challenges. Becoming a Highways Engineer was a new step, being a different role from my previous work experience as a Temporary Works Design Engineer. As with any new career, there are always new things to learn, probably my biggest hurdle so far was learning the design software needed to work on my first real project, while at the same time still getting to grips with all the standards of highway engineering. I did find this a bit difficult at first, but with encouragement of my colleagues and the use of group webinars, identifying key areas of design, I soon got to my feet and am now able to offer support to other colleagues in my project team.
The guidance and training given from both individual discipline teams and the wider WSP community is what makes WSP’s graduate training scheme so successful.
Throughout the course of the training scheme, graduates complete structured learning courses offered by WSP, along with work-based on the job experience, designed to develop the relevant skills to achieve professional status with an accredited institute such as the ICE. Currently I am on a training agreement with the ICE, working towards becoming an Incorporated Engineer. Within WSP, I have been appointed a Supervising Civil Engineer (SCE) and a Delegate Engineer (DE), who I can work with to help achieve attributes and gain the required experience to become professionally qualified. In addition, a requirement of our training agreement is to complete quarterly reports, reflecting on our learning for the previous quarter and setting targets for the coming months.
During the past year, I have mainly been working as a designer for the HS2 project. This has brought an exciting opportunity for me, with the ability to be able to be part of this innovative rail project, that can help shape how we travel in the UK. Working on this project has allowed me to interact with many other disciplines, both internally and externally to WSP, where I have learned so much in such a small space of time. Schemes like this and other opportunities to work all over the world on a vast range of iconic projects, is just one of the many reasons why I enjoy working for WSP