When you’re not in the office, where can you be found?
Since spending a semester of my degree studying at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, I have been hooked on spending as much time in the mountains snowboarding as possible. Whilst my professors (and my wallet!) weren’t so impressed that I spent many of my days at Whistler, it sparked what is sure to be a lifetime passion. I also love dancing my way through Melbourne’s live music scene and playing AFL.
What do you think makes Mott MacDonald unique?
Mott MacDonald is unique in the way its employees across the hierarchy of the business work, socialise, and develop their careers together. I initially thought that an organisation as large as Mott MacDonald would be intimidating, and my daily interactions were unlikely to extend beyond my immediate team. However, I was quickly met with a business where graduates and senior leaders connect frequently. It feels pretty incredible to work for an organisation of this scale and yet be in an environment where your state manager knows you by name.
Why did you choose to join Mott MacDonald?
The global opportunities within the company to work on major infrastructure projects around the world instantly attracted me. Mott MacDonald provides its employees with the chance to experience living and working abroad on short term secondments, as well as offering the flexibility for permanent relocations, which is extremely attractive to graduates who may have not yet decided where life may take them.
How would you describe the culture of Mott MacDonald?
The culture at Mott MacDonald played a significant role in my decision to return as a graduate after experiencing a summer working as an intern for the company. Because it’s an employee owned company, everyone is driven to achieve the best project results possible . This is all achieved whilst still maintaining an incredibly healthy work life balance, with a social committee producing frequent and unique events widely attended by all members of the business. Having colleagues that you consider to be friends beyond the office makes the transition from university life to full time employment that much easier and is a big drawcard to Mott MacDonald.
What are your favourite projects that you have worked on?
I’ve really enjoyed getting to be a part of the Melbourne Airport Rail and Suburban Rail Loop projects. Having studied and lived at Monash, the commute between the university, city and airport was a frequent source of frustration to me, so it’s immensely exciting to be playing a role in developing this city-changing infrastructure. Furthermore, the scale of this project allows you to be exposed to a wide range of disciplines and gain insight into the multitude of aspects that must be considered in design, helping to prevent me feeling siloed within my chosen discipline.
What support have you had whilst being with Mott MacDonald?
Mott MacDonald offers an Early Career Professionals program for the first four years of your career – providing you with workshops, social events and seminars which help you develop your career, presentation skills and interpersonal relationships. This support network provides you with the tools to navigate relationships with your managers, peers and clients, as well as nurturing your critical thinking and soft skills. This is in addition to the support you receive on a daily basis from your line manager and immediate team.