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Alison Dougall, Strategic Assistant to MD, Atkins

Alison

Strategic Assistant to MD

My Bio

Business area: ADS&T
Years at Atkins: 4

Why do you choose to stay at Atkins? 

 I know it’s quite a cliché but I stay at Atkins because of the people I work with and the positive working culture and environment. I feel like Atkins really looks after its employees. 

I also like working for a company that works in  so many different areas (Infrastructure, Defence, Energy etc including working around the globe). It means I can see opportunities to be involved in different projects / business areas in the future which I like too.

What gets you out of bed in the morning? 

I need 2 alarms to get out of bed in the morning (!) but in my defence, it’s an early wake up to go and ride or muck out my horse before heading to work. 
My role is quite varied so I also really enjoy seeing what the day will bring and what I’ll be working on. I might be analysing some data, attending a client meeting or going to a black tie event (although sadly that doesn’t happen too often!).

What do you think has had the biggest impact on your career development to date?

A few key sponsors. I know it sounds a bit like corporate mumbo jumbo but I’ve been fortunate enough to be encouraged and coached by a few people who have given me new opportunities, encouraged me to try different things and provided support and guidance. Being told ‘you can’ when you aren’t too sure yourself is often just what you need to tackle something head on and make progress. Similarly, I find that working for someone supportive who says ‘ok’ when you ask to take on a new piece of work is just as valuable. I owe a lot to supportive managers and colleagues.

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