"Royal HaskoningDHV has supported me to progress my career further, I am now the Associate Director for the Civil & Structures team in the UK and I am fortunate to now be in a position to to support those graduates and engineers like me in my team in their own journey to be able to achieve their aspirations in the industry."
I started my career after completing A-levels, as a structural technician but decided that I wanted to progress further so after completing my degree course I joined Royal HaskoningDHV as a Graduate Engineer in 2005. Right from day one I had the opportunity to be involved in a wide variety of projects to allow me to be able to broaden my engineering experience.
Chartership with the Institution of Civil Engineers was always my goal, and I started this process with the support of the Graduate Launch programme which helped me to fulfil many of the objectives required for Chartership, whilst also building a network with other graduates in the business. Modules are not only focussed around the engineering skills required, they also included for the more softer skills such as report writing and presentations which are an important aspect of Chartership. The Launch programme also gave insights into the wider business and the skills required to develop my career at Royal HaskoningDHV.
My first achievement was Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status, then with the support of my Delegated Engineer and Supervising Engineer I achieved Chartership (CEng) not long after. I now realise that this was only the start of my journey, an important foundation on which I could then build upon. I have been fortunate to be able to be involved in very exciting projects over the years, many as an engineer as part of a wider team, but also leading the projects and managing multi-disciplinary teams with a Client facing role.
Some of my highlights involve working on large scale projects, such as coldstores in the UK or international shipyard projects. I have also been fortunate to have been involved in heritage projects including the early stages of the restoration of a Victorian glasshouse. My early experience still stands out for me as this is what laid the foundation for where I am today and my understanding on engineering principles.
Royal HaskoningDHV has supported me to progress my career further, I am now the Associate Director for the Civil & Structures team in the UK and I am fortunate to now be in a position to to support those graduates and engineers like me in my team in their own journey to be able to achieve their aspirations in the industry.