Meet Aaron, a Graduate Highways Engineer

Aaron Keenan

Graduate Highways Engineer

AECOM

What is your role at AECOM?

Graduate Engineer.

How long have you worked for AECOM?

I have been with AECOM just over 1 year, I joined in July 2022.

What do you like most about working for AECOM?

I enjoy the vast amounts of different and interesting projects to be involved in.

How has AECOM helped you in your career development?

AECOM provide clear and concise career planning and have options to develop technical knowledge further through CPD programmes.

How do you use AECOM’s ‘Freedom to Grow’ to give you a good work/life balance?

I use freedom to grow to set my working hours to what suits me, I like to be in the office early to get some essential focusing time before the majority of my colleagues begin working.

How do you find hybrid working works for you – what benefits do you get from office working, site working, and home working?

I believe that office working provides the most opportunity to network and grants people in early careers a large benefit to ask questions and be exposed to the office environment. Hybrid working is a fantastic benefit, and it has such a positive impact on my work-life balance.

What has been your favourite project to work on at AECOM?

My favourite project that I’m currently working on is the Liffey Cycle Route. Working on a scheme in the heart of Dublin that a substantial amount of people will transverse each year brings me great pride, but also gives the design team a unique challenge which needs innovative ideas to progress the scheme through what is an extremely popular area in Dublin City.

Thinking about the projects you are involved in - how do you help to improve social outcomes for communities, or how have you contributed to sustainable solutions?

The majority of work I have been involved with has been through the NTA Cycle Design Office (CDO), it has brought great contributions to sustainable travel. These projects will bring greater social inclusion from the accessibility that is being granted.

What have you gained from working at AECOM?

From my time in AECOM I have gained invaluable experience and guidance from my peers.

What advice do you have for any prospective candidates?

The advice I would give to prospect candidates is to not be afraid to ask questions, the more you ask the more you learn.

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