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Zowey Gannon, Graduate Engineer, Infrastructure (Environmental), Atkins

Zowey

Graduate Engineer, Infrastructure (Environmental)

My Bio

What have been your key achievements since joining Atkins?

Atkins is a company that empowers its employees to take control over the direction their careers take. I see securing a six month secondment in Transportation’s Win Work team as the key achievement of my time at Atkins so far. The secondment has exposed me to a different market, different clients and a different type of working environment. It has allowed me to develop a range of different skills that a technical role would not have been able to do until much later in my career. I took on the role of proposal manager for one of the bids the team was working on shortly after starting the secondment, which has been a really great way to get my teeth into the world of bidding - the bid hasn’t been submitted yet so you’ll have to come back to me for an update on that one .…!

What attracted you to Atkins?

As a global company Atkins has the reach and the capability to work on a great variety of projects as well as some of the most exciting engineering projects going! After graduating with an undergraduate degree in Geography and a masters in Environmental Science, I had an interest, an appreciation and a background in a broad range of environmental issues. Working for a well-respected company that had the potential to give me experience in different settings and use this broad range of skills seemed the way forward. The exposure to expertise and world class teams working on such projects was a very appealing prospect as an undergraduate. I’ve come across some very impressive and inspirational individuals during my career at Atkins so I haven’t been disappointed there.

What other activities have you been involved with?

My involvement in the Graduate community within Atkins has added an unexpected dimension to the early years of my career.

After settling into my technical role in the contaminated land team, I became a social coordinator for my home office which involved organising local socials for the Graduates. I was able to meet colleagues from across the business who were at the same stages of their career and some who had more experience which was invaluable as a new starter.

I then became a local representative for my division which was a role more focused on Graduates within my own division and working with them to understand amongst other things how the company can help them achieve chartership – Atkins has some great support networks! I am now a UK Graduate Representative for my division. In this role I communicate with Graduates across the UK and work to understand their individual experiences on the Graduate Development Programme. I also work on initiatives that complement the Graduate Development Programme such as organising regional socials, project managing the Atkins Graduate Ski Trip in 2016 and working to encourage Graduates to go on secondments.

As mentioned before, Atkins is a company that empowers its employees to drive their own career. Your career is what you make it and because I chose to get involved in these forums and initiatives, I have gained unique experiences, a true appreciation of the breadth of the company and I have also met some amazing people, making lifelong friends in the process!

Atkins has recently adopted Yammer, an internal communication tool that allows all employees to communicate within groups on various topics from technical projects to employee wellbeing schemes such an LGBT groups and the global corporate challenge to social groups such as office sports teams. It’s a great way to see what’s going on in the company, engage your colleagues and get involved in various initiatives … Atkins is your oyster!

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