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Louise Hetherington

Graduate Engineer – Transportation

What attracted you to apply for a placement with Atkins?

It is a well-respected company working in a wide range of sectors and disciplines. Atkins has a fantastic reputation for both the work completed and the way the company treats its staff. In the long run I wanted to be involved in a company which could offer chartership support so Atkins was first on my list.

How many placements with Atkins did you complete?

I undertook a summer placement in the rail division in Swindon in 2015

How would describe your roles and responsibilities?

I helped assist engineers and project managers with calculations, administrative work and site investigations.

What have been your top 3 highlights?

1.Learning about a division which is not taught at university

2.Visiting site for investigative works.

3.Using theory learnt at university in practice (calculations etc.)

Did you find conducting a placement helped you in your studies?

Placement helped studies enormously, with the work undertaken cementing knowledge I had learnt at university.

Following your placement, did you find it easier to obtain a graduate role?

Yes, I am commencing my graduate role with Atkins in 2016

What advice and tips would you give to others for the future?

Don't be afraid to ask questions to all colleagues, whether in the same discipline or others- you can always learn from those in the industry whether they're following the same career path or not. If you have any concerns regarding your workload or the type of work always speak to your line manager; they won't know you're struggling if you don't talk to them!

What are your plans for the future?

Become a chartered civil or structural engineer within the next 5 years.



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