Graduate Engineer – Buildings and infrastructure
What attracted you to apply for a placement with Atkins?
I was lucky enough to have a sponsor scheme at my University (Greenwich) where at the time Atkins wanted to sponsor five girls wanting to study MEng in Civil Engineering, this included a summer placement. I completed one summer placement and enjoyed it so much I applied twice more for summer placements. I was honoured to have had the opportunity to have summer placements, Atkins have a great reputation at which they live up to, Atkins have a great opportunities to work around the world and in different areas of Engineering, this is something that greatly appealed to me.
How many placements with Atkins did you complete?
I completed 3 years of summer placements from 2012 to 2015
How would describe your roles and responsibilities?
I was shocked about the amount of responsibility I was given as just a summer intern, I was expecting to be given task that would keep me busy and help my further study, but I was given real tasks that were required for the projects that were on going in the office. To explain some of the roles I would be marking up drawings, ensuring they were to the standard required to be sent out to clients, writing a utility report for two proposed hotels in the Heathrow area, designing drainage systems, research and proposals for clients.
I was also given the opportunity to work offsite supporting the Atkins project management team. It gave me an insight into how Atkins build relationships with clients.
What have been your top 3 highlights?
The top three highlights,
- I would say was Realising the career path I had chosen was correct for me
- Working with a team that recognizes and respects the work that you are doing
- Learning more in 3 months than a year at university
Did you find conducting a placement helped you in your studies?
I found that by completing placements at Atkins it definitely put into perspective the information you’re given at university. Sometimes everything you learn at university can be very over whelming but whilst on placement I learnt, the day to day activities and what is expected from a Civil Engineer. A vital skill I learned from my placement, especially in my second year, was report writing, at university this is an important skill to have.
Following your placement, did you find it easier to obtain a graduate role?
I was lucky enough to obtain a graduate role through the three summer placements I did. But from speaking to friends at my university we all agreed that by obtaining work experience, the opportunity to secure a graduate role increased.
What advice and tips would you give to others for the future?
The advice I would give to others is, if the opportunity is available to have a work placement I would strongly recommend applying for one. The work placement allows you to experience the industry for real, I would also recommend to fully explore the types of Civil Engineering to identify areas that could have the potential for their future careers.
What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future are to become chartered, have the opportunity to work abroad and look in to the prospect of studying construction law.