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"Working at Atkins I’ve been able to get valuable experience and insight into two very different career paths."
Name: Zowey Gannon
Business area: Infrastructure
Years into GDP: Grad Alumni
University and degree: Geography BSc from University of Birmingham and Environmental Science MSc from the University of Southampton
Can you briefly describe your role and what you do?
Since starting I’ve had two very different roles at Atkins.
When I started, I was working as an Environmental Scientist in the Contaminated Land and Hydrogeology team. Based in Euston I worked on gas works sites and electricity substations in London and the South East. This role was split between the office and site. In the office I would author reports, analyse lab data and plan site investigations. On site I could be doing site walkovers, taking environmental samples or supervising drill rigs.
At the moment I’m working as an Assistant Bid Manager in the Infrastructure division. I work with technical teams across the business to produce bids for our Major Pursuits. This is a really varied role where no two days are the same. On some bids I will facilitate workshops where teams come together to plan our bid strategy. On others I could be managing the overall bid process or supporting teams in specific areas.
What social, society or CSR activities have you been involved with at Atkins?
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.
Where do you see your career in the future and how do you see yourself getting there?
I’ve been lucky so far. Working at Atkins I’ve been able to get valuable experience and insight into two very different career paths. This has given me the chance to make an informed decision about where to take my career next.
I’m going to explore business development further. I want to get more exposure to bidding across different markets and industries which luckily enough is something that Atkins can offer! How do I see myself getting there? Keeping an ear to the ground and asking around is usually the best way to unearth the opportunities that are out there.