Alexandra Nokes

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My undergraduate degree was an integrated master’s in Mechanical Engineering at Warwick. I did a summer placement with Mace between my third and fourth years at university as a project assistant and joined via the grad scheme following graduation. 

My main responsibilities as a graduate is leading a team of 5 people to deliver the project from a PM perspective – I sit above all the work streams that they manage (MEP, architectural, structural). I liaise between the client, design team and contractor, ensuring programme milestones are achieved, the design is aligned and on site issues are resolved. 

I have found the graduate scheme very insightful and I learned a lot from the projects we had to undertake and the days training. I enjoyed learning about the different sections of the business and how different areas of construction function.

I was drawn to mace due to the volume of opportunity with clients and within the project life cycle. Mace have since given me a large amount of responsibility early on and push you to achieve your goals. The projects are very interesting and support from line managers and the wider business is excellent. There are also options to move sectors for new experiences if you wish, to move between consultancy and construction and also to move abroad. 

Mace offer a wide variety of extra curricular training – including CSCS cards, H&S and asbestos training, contract courses for many different types, and also the experience to become chartered.I started as a project assistant and reached project manager level after 2 years, with the prospect of achieving senior manager level in the near future.

The best and worst pieces of my job is being able to see designs come to life and to see tangible outcomes, and to be proud of the work that a team of professionals have created