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Abigail Onabanjo

United Kingdom / Railways / Assistant civil engineer

Abigail Onabanjo

I've met some amazing, talented and skilled people that have mentored me and allowed me to develop.

Why did you decide to join Mott MacDonald?

I joined Mott MacDonald because of the community and culture. Mott MacDonald is dedicated to its employees and it shows in the relaxed atmosphere in the workplace. Mott MacDonald upholds values such as career development. Working here has given me the opportunity to work on big projects and the range of office locations around the country also meant that I could work close to home.

What is the best thing about your role?

The best thing about my role is that over the past year I have managed to work on two well-known rail projects in London, which include the Northern Line Extension and Thameslink. I have been challenged with new technical challenges and given a lot of exposure to the rail industry.

What was the graduate recruitment process like when applying for Mott MacDonald?

The best thing about the Mott MacDonald recruitment process was the fact that they kept in contact with you during the application process. This was important when the demands of university can make applications more daunting and frustrating. They provided you with hints on interviews and created a relaxed environment which made the whole recruitment process less tense. This atmosphere meant that I was able to prepare myself and feel comfortable in my interview.

How have you been supported whilst working at Mott MacDonald?

Mott MacDonald has an amazing graduate development scheme that allows you easily slip into becoming an effective engineer. It allows you to mingle with other graduates in other departments, share ideas and events that allow you to grow. They also have skills based workshops, one example was a workshop for women in engineering; I found this experience eye opening and most importantly fun.

Are you involved with any charities or do any volunteer work?

One charity I have been involved in is Engineering without Borders. For this charity I was involved in a 40 mile walk. This was an amazing and demanding challenge both physically and mentally for which I had to train months in advance. The best moment in this challenge was finishing with a friend. I completed the walk in under 11 hours and enjoyed every moment (apart from the achy feet after). I got to meet other engineers in other companies and it allowed me to see the beauty that is the Lake District.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the five things that you would want to have with you?

I would take a solar panel, iPad, a lighter, food and a boat

What inspires you about your work at Mott MacDonald?

What inspires me about my work at Mott MacDonald is the people that I work with and the projects that I have been involved with. Since working at Mott MacDonald I have met some amazing, talented and skilled people that have mentored me and allowed me to develop as an engineer. As well as the people, I have worked on two major projects already and I still have many more opportunities such as working abroad and other interesting projects.

To join a team like Abigail's, take a look at our rail jobs here: http://mm.careers/2CjHjzW

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