What have been your key achievements since joining Atkins?
I am particularly happy with the level of support I have been able to provide to other practices within our core business. I have collaborated and worked closely with our teams in London and Derby on some challenging and complex projects and been able to engage with our clients positively. Most of our deliverables are being produced to timescales agreed which is also helping build trust and confidence amongst our clients. Atkins have sponsored my membership of the Institute of Engineering Technology (IET) and set me along the path of getting chartership status. The business also facilitates attendance at seminars and lectures relevant to our practices that are essential towards demonstrating continuous professional development. There is a dedicated online platform that provides training and resources to assist with the work involved and one can book external training as well. But the biggest factor is the support and mentorship you get from senior colleagues within the team, particularly your line manager and I have been very lucky in that regard.
What attracted you to Atkins?
My aspiration was to work for a professional services firm specialising in Engineering and Atkins fit the profile just right. I was particularly impressed by the cross functional, multi-disciplinary expertise at Atkins disposal as well as some of the iconic projects that they had been involved in across the globe. I found the Graduate Development Program to be well structured with a nice blend of training and support along with on the job experience that aligned well with my career plan. I was also attracted to the Culture which I would describe as Professional, Supportive, Optimistic, Innovative and Collaborative.
What other activities have you been involved with?
Some of the major projects I am working on include Cross Rail, West Anglia Main Line and London Overground Capacity Improvement. These projects are at different stages of their delivery program and have diverse scopes/requirements. Major clients include Network Rail and London Underground.