Zakaria Islam

Graduate Electrical Engineer

What is your role at Mott MacDonald?

I’m a Graduate Electrical Engineer in Traction Power within Rail, Transport

What are you most proud of from your time at Mott MacDonald?

My most proud milestone was hitting my IDCs dates on HS2 as a Design Coordinator. This involved much preparation and organisation to solve discipline interface issues and all relevant assurance  whilst making sure all parts of the delivery where authored, reviewed and approved.

How has working for Mott MacDonald helped you career progression?

Working for Mott MacDonald has allowed me to explore the many avenues my career could proceed through such a wide network and collaborative environment. It has also allowed me to progress as an engineer in general by offering a wide range of project tasks be it technical analysis, simulations/modelling, design or engineering management. All these experiences will be vital once I apply for chartership which I feel is significant in my career progression

What was it like switching to formal employment after University?

As someone who values routine, I really enjoyed the change from University to formal employment. I believe university can be inconsistent where sometimes of the year require more time and effort than others.

That is not the case with Mott MacDonald. Of course, there will be deadlines and delivery dates but the routine and organisation within such a workplace allows a much more consistent workload compared to that of university which I feel is better for myself mentally and especially in terms of time management.

What is the work life balance like at Mott MacDonald?

The work life balance in great at Mott MacDonald. Mott MacDonald really value employee satisfaction so you are never expected to work long hours. MM is also great at making sure everyone is getting along so there’s plenty of chances to get involved in social events.

What advice would you give to someone applying to work at Mott MacDonald?

I would strongly recommend researching more into the culture of MM and the type of work take on, make sure this aligns with what you wish for yourself and really build enthusiasm to be apart of the MM team. If there’s anything you are unsure about before applying feel free to ask questions.

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