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United Kingdom / Management consultancy / Consultant

Marcus Dowdeswell

Marcus at the Management Consultancy Awards in 2015

"At Mott MacDonald there is a culture of continuous learning and development."

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

The graduate scheme that I chose gave me the opportunity to support a business development director for 12 months before moving into project work. This opportunity allowed me to gain an understanding of the wider business as well as an insight into key strategic decisions that are made at a high level. I thoroughly enjoyed the 12 months and I have been able to transfer a substantial amount of knowledge and contacts gained during this time into helping me develop in my new role as a consultant within the digital consulting team.

What have been your favourite projects to work on?

My favourite project to date involved working as part of the team that carried out a technical review of the entire communications network for a major UK transportation system. I have also recently analysed tower markets across three continents, as well as working as a market analyst on multi-million dollar mobile tower transactions in Africa and the Middle East, covering tens of thousands of tower assets.

What is the best thing about working at Mott MacDonald?

The best thing about working at Mott MacDonald is the people. Having only worked in a handful of other companies/offices, I do not have much to compare the environment at Mott MacDonald to, however, since joining I have continually noticed a willingness from my colleagues to help and develop each other. I believe that Mott MacDonald is a great place to learn and develop skills due to this supportive atmosphere.

What do you think makes Mott MacDonald unique?

At Mott MacDonald there is a culture of continuous learning and development. A common drive to progress within industry in combination with genuine encouragement from the company has enabled a proactive and high achieving workforce. This culture is supported by the presence of subject matter experts and industry leaders scattered throughout the company.

What support have you had whilst working towards your chartership?

To help me achieve my industry qualification, Mott MacDonald designed an internal tool which allows me to track my progress against a set of competencies set out by the awarding industry body. I have also been assigned a mentor who I regularly meet to discuss my progress and who provides any support I need.

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

Try to arrange numerous small periods of work experience, not only to give yourself something different to talk about in interview but mainly to provide yourself with an insight into the working environment and the vast array of jobs/industries that are out there.

What is the most exciting thing you have done at Mott MacDonald to date?

During my time at Mott MacDonald I have been lucky to have been invited to large events such as internal strategic meetings and industry award ceremonies. These events are a great opportunity to meet the current leaders of Mott MacDonald, as well as industry peers, to discuss their views on the matters influencing today’s business environment.

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