What have been your key achievements since joining Atkins?
Since joining Atkins in September 2015, I have worked on a number of nuclear projects around the UK. I undertook a study of shear on reinforced concrete structures, comparing engineering standards from around the world. I was then able to apply my research to the analysis of two operational nuclear power stations in the UK, helping verify their resistance to earthquake loading. While doing this, I worked hard to expand my professional network to gain more work. I was able to secure a secondment to Hinkley Point C (HPC), the first new nuclear power station in 20 years, with a total project value of £18 Billion. At HPC, I am providing site compliance assistance, helping to ensure that the site complies with Nuclear Site License requirements and planning conditions.
What attracted you to Atkins?
My desire to work on high profile, major projects initially lead me to look at the Nuclear Industry for my first graduate role. Atkins are at the forefront of this industry, with a well-known and respected presence across all field of Engineering. A reputation like this combined with flexible working hours, excellent working conditions and a strong sense of camaraderie made me glad to have chosen Atkins.
As with all things, it is what you make it. I am working towards becoming chartered with the Institute of Civil Engineers, which is supported and encouraged during the graduate scheme. Atkins actively supports development through a broad range of training courses and other opportunities. Atkins provides a solid foundation on which I can build a professional career.
What other activities have you been involved with?
From the outset, opportunities to engage in activities outside of work are abundant. The graduate community in Bristol, my home office, is excellent. Regular socials and events are arranged for evenings and weekends; there is something happening weekly if not more often. As well as this, I have partaken in the Atkins Ski Trip to Les Arcs, the Christmas Ball at The Marriott Bristol and other social events. Finally, as a fundraising challenge for RedR, a group of graduates and I climbed Pen-Y-Fan in Wales as many times as we could in one weekend. The aggregate height climbed was greater than seven heights of Mount Everest!