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United Kingdom / Management consultancy / Graduate consultant

Angela Lai

Angela looking out into the ocean
Angela looking out into the Pacific ocean from the Makapu’u trail
Angela looking out into the Pacific ocean from the Makapu’u trail Here is Angela enjoying the stunning view from the Makapu'u trail.

"When Mott MacDonald says we will do something, we will follow through."

Why did you decide to join Mott MacDonald?

What I like about consulting is the opportunity to work on different projects each time; and being the diverse and multicultural person that I am, I naturally was looking for a company that is multi-faceted and in which I would be continuously challenged to learn and adapt quickly. With a significant presence in 12 main sectors (that is a lot - think of the industries and services within those!) Mott MacDonald represents that closely.

What is the best thing about your role?

Being in the middle of everything. As a management consultant, the lessons and skills learnt from one project in one sector are highly valued when you can transfer them to another project in a similar context, but another sector. It is about bringing fresh ideas to the table!

How would you describe the culture of Mott MacDonald?

Committed and supportive. When Mott MacDonald says we will do something, we will follow through. It also encourages its employees’ professional and personal development, such as chartership and taking time-off to volunteer.

What have you found out about Mott MacDonald since you joined?

Mott MacDonald probably has at least one subject matter expert somewhere within the organisation for almost every specialism with regards to engineering.

What makes Mott MacDonald stand out from other companies?

Mott MacDonald’s heritage and contribution to the communities we work in is a great way to stand out. Projects such as the Girls' Education project in South Sudan and the Chaglla hydroelectric power project in Perú make a major impact.

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

I have been volunteering since the age of 15 for various social and environmental non-governmental organisations and charities in any capacity that might be needed. Whether this is planning Christmas parties for orphanages or painting a wall at the local wildlife rescue centre, I find a lot of self-fulfilment and gratefulness, and I am always excited to hear about any missions that need additional help.

Where is your favourite place?

The advantage of being lucky enough to have travelled is that I do not have one favourite place. Rather, I feel the happiest when I am on top of a mountain or in front of the ocean and the horizon is limitless.

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