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Megan Doyle, Graduate Engineer, Atkins

Megan

Graduate Engineer

Business area: Aerospace, Defence, Security and Technology (ADS&T)
Years into GDP: 2
University and degree: University of Bath, Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

Why did you choose Atkins?

At University I undertook some summer placements and a year in industry placement as part of my degree. I worked for several different companies and whilst I enjoyed the placements, I knew I wanted more variety in my career. When I was in my final year, I looked at engineering consultancies as I thought these could offer more opportunities and diversity throughout the graduate scheme and my career.

I was initially attracted to Atkins whilst I was looking through the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers. I was really impressed with the range of work they undertake and the ability / encouragement to work across divisions and around the world. I really liked the structure of the graduate scheme which provides support and direction (as well as a variety of training courses), but unlike many engineering graduate schemes, doesn’t require you to undertake placements in certain areas.

Atkins offered the opportunities I was looking for in a graduate scheme as well as the additional accolade of working for one of the largest engineering design consultancies in the world.

What’s been your highlight on the graduate development programme so far?

One of my highlights so far was an invitation to join a strategic workforce workshop with a few other graduates and apprentices from across the country. The workshop was a brilliant opportunity to meet people early in their careers from across the company in all different divisions. It was a really great learning experience and chance to develop my knowledge of Atkins as a whole rather than my specific division.

The aim of the workshop was to imagine what the world may look like in 2030 and consider how Atkins and its employees may have changed and developed by that point. With the ever increasing pace of technological developments as well as global changes, there were a huge number of factors to consider.

I worked with a group of colleagues to create a presentation highlighting what Atkins could be doing now to support the future world. This workshop also had the support from the Atkins UK Senior Leadership Team which reinforced our knowledge and understanding that these ideas and concepts were important to all those in Atkins.

Where do you see your career in the future and how do you see yourself getting there?

One of the great things about Atkins is the support I receive as I work towards engineering chartership. I had a choice of institutions that I could choose to be chartered with and I discussed these with my line manager within the first few months of starting the graduate scheme.

I have a specific mentor who supports me through my chartership application with quarterly reports and an annual report where my skills and abilities are assessed. I find this support and structure from my chosen institution (IMechE) really useful but there is lots of flexibility so not everyone produces the quarterly reports – whatever best suits you! My main focus at the moment is to achieve my chartership whilst undertaking a variety of placements and secondments with Atkins. I feel it’s really important to have a range of experiences before focussing on an area to pursue later in my career.

I haven’t decided yet which stream I would like to initially focus on in my career with Atkins as there are three streams: technical, project management and business development. I hope to continue to experience these different areas and have continual discussions with my manager to ensure I have the right support for my chosen career. I think one of the best things about working for Atkins is that there isn’t a need to narrow down your speciailism too early on in your career – there are so many opportunities to explore, you never know where it might take you!

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