Meet Haydia, a Civil Engineering Apprentice

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Haydia Yusuf

Civil Engineering Apprentice

AECOM

What drew you to work at AECOM originally? What would that be now – has it changed?

I was originally drawn to work for AECOM due to their efforts and frameworks in place to establish a diverse and inclusive working environment. The attracting factor, in working for the company, now would be the excellent support network available, promoting employee growth, and the company’s drive to cultivate an all-inclusive workplace.

What is your role at AECOM?

My official job title is Civil Engineering Apprentice. I primarily assist project teams by creating and amending CAD drawings to facilitate timely delivery of work packages, e.g., planning applications.

How long have you worked for AECOM?

I have been employed for almost two years. My first day on the job was 06 September 2021.

What do you like most about working for AECOM?

AECOM is a huge company with countless opportunities for growth and development. The company’s approach in enabling employees to thrive via the “Freedom to Grow” working scheme is an implementation I highly value as it allows me to adjust my working hours to suit my personal preferences.

How has AECOM helped you in your career development?

My team is very supportive in my journey as an apprentice. They have encouraged me to take initiative in my career development – a prime example of this is when I decided to switch universities. I prefer my current university’s mode of delivery in course material rather than my former university as it better suits my learning style. My team were present, every step of the way, to accommodate a smooth university transition.

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

‘Freedom to Grow’ has allowed me to successfully complete two years in university. I will be entering third year in September 2023. Without such a scheme, balancing work life with university life would be an exceptionally difficult challenge.

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