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Grace Newman, Graduate Junior Consultant– Management Consultancy, Atkins


Graduate Junior Consultant– Management Consultancy

What have been your key achievements since joining Atkins?

I joined Atkins in September 2015 and have already had experience with a range of different clients. Working on both internal and external projects has given me opportunities to work with a number of professionals across sectors, including Aerospace and Transportation, using a variety of skills from engagement and communications to market research. I have gained my foundation level APM Qualification and am currently completing my foundation in Management Accounting Qualification (CIMA). Along with training, I have been part of a team coordinating Atkins contribution to the STEM Big Bang Fair along with representing Atkins at Graduate career events.

What attracted you to Atkins?

When I applied to Atkins I did not fully grasp the extent or the scale of projects they worked on. For me, it was the Atkins brand, their values and the structure of the graduate programme which attracted me. Only now do I appreciate the breadth of the company and what this means for my future.

Atkins operates across a huge variety of markets, and the visibility graduates have to this is astounding. The variety of roles has been apparent during my time at Atkins. Conversations with my manager around upcoming roles and clients are focused on what would be best suited to my long-term career development.

The programme attracts graduates from all faculties, for example my colleagues studied languages, engineering and psychology. Having different backgrounds in the workplace is incredibly valuable in steering away from simply applying the theory I learnt on my business management degree.

From the application process, to completing my first year, everything about my time at Atkins has played a part of a much bigger journey. The training opportunities are endless, having completed APM in my first week the managers encourage us to develop both technical and non-technical skills. Your development is managed on a personal level, which fosters a motivating work environment whereby you drive your success and progression.

What other activities have you been involved with?

There are professional events provided by the Management Consultancies Association providing fantastic networking opportunities with like-minded professionals. Along with the professional opportunities, I have also been involved with the social aspects of being a graduate. I joined the Consultancy programme with 15 others, so there is a great community not only in our year but across year groups. A highlight for me, was the Graduate Ski Trip involving 140 graduates from across the graduate community taking to the slopes!

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