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George carrying out landfill gas data collection for the Environment Agency

"The people in Mott MacDonald make it unique. As a new graduate starter you are welcomed in by peers and supported by managers who help you to develop, and you always have worldwide technical experts to go to for support."

How has your career developed since joining Mott MacDonald as a graduate?

Since completing my MSc in Hydrogeology I have been working with the contaminated land team but have also been given the opportunity to use my skills on water resources projects and have recently been seconded to Mott MacDonald Bentley where I am a project leader working on groundwater schemes.

What are your favourite projects that you have worked on?

In November 2014 I spent a month supervising a large contaminated land ground investigation in Dagenham, London. This involved the organisation of up to four site teams, across a 29 hectare site, drilling 37 boreholes and 156 window samples.

What is the best thing about working at Mott MacDonald?

The best thing is the vast array of sectors Mott MacDonald works in. This presents a great opportunity for its employees to work on a range of projects, no job is the same as the last. This also provides the potential for moving to different offices to apply and learn skills, an example of this is my secondment to Mott MacDonald Bentley, allowing me to move office to work in a different role.

What do you think makes Mott MacDonald unique?

The people in Mott MacDonald make it unique. As a new graduate starter you are welcomed in by peers and supported by managers who help you to develop, and you always have worldwide technical experts to go to for support.

What support have you had whilst working towards your chartership?

Mott MacDonald has supported me as I work towards my chartership in a number of ways. My line manager helps me tailor my professional development, I have helped set up an internal geology chartership network and through professional excellence funding I regularly attend industry conferences and evening lectures.

What advice would you give to current students applying to Mott MacDonald?

Work experience is invaluable. I was lucky enough to spend three months working for Mott MacDonald’s contaminated land team on a summer internship, which helped me be taken on by the company full-time once I finished university.

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