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Megan visiting the Vasa warship in Stockholm, Sweden

"When I started the apprenticeship I believed it would be a great way to earn money and acquire experience, but I now believe that it can offer young people much more."

What is your typical day like?

I am currently part of a team working in the water sector and have been for the past two years, although, much of my workload has involved geotechnical engineering. I have worked on many exciting projects and, day-to-day, I typically author a range of documents and reports such as flood risk assessments, create design drawings and 3D models of project sites in a variety of software, and often go to meetings or presentations covering an array of civil engineering topics.

How do you think your Mott MacDonald apprenticeship will help you to achieve your career goals?

I chose an apprenticeship route for a few different reasons, the most prolific of which was that I believed I would gain a lot from learning and working in tandem. Since beginning my apprenticeship I have been fortunate enough to be able to work for a few departments due to the rotation scheme that apprentices follow. This has helped me to both expand my knowledge of engineering and learn which department/s I want to work in whilst understanding the types of work I enjoy the most.

Mott MacDonald has also supplied and encouraged me to take part in many extra-curricular activities which help aid my Continual Professional Development (CPD). I am encouraged to keep a Personal Development Record (PDR) and Development Action Plan (DAP) to track my progress and identify areas where I can improve by attending various lectures, CPD events and through private study.

What has your proudest moment been since joining Mott MacDonald?

My proudest moment since joining Mott MacDonald was when I passed my EngTech MICE (Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers) review and was consequently promoted from an apprentice to a technician. Receiving MICE status with the Institute meant that my hard work over the last few years had paid off and that the industry formally recognised my abilities - which for my age, as a 19-year-old, meant a great deal to me.

What has surprised you the most about the apprenticeship?

One of the best surprises was how friendly my colleagues in Mott MacDonald have been. I was 16 when I started the apprenticeship and it was a relief to find everybody was so welcoming! I have made many friends at Mott MacDonald and there is a great social aspect to the company such as the Sports & Social committees that organise events for staff.

One of the other surprises was how much I have grown to appreciate civil engineering as a profession. It can be incredibly rewarding knowing projects you work on have a direct impact on improving people’s lives. When I started the apprenticeship I believed it would be a great way to earn money and acquire experience, but I now believe that it can offer young people much more. Getting the most out of an apprenticeship requires time and effort, however, it can present you with an appreciation of the world we live in and the means to grow personally, as well as professionally.

How is Mott MacDonald supporting your learning and development?

Mott MacDonald has sponsored me to obtain a BTEC and HNC in civil engineering and I will soon begin studying part-time at the University of Derby for a BEng in civil infrastructure engineering. Obtaining this qualification will enable me to become a chartered engineer with the ICE, which is the next professional qualification I wish to earn. Furthermore, having a HNC meant I could enter the BEng course in the second year – which is where I would be had I followed the traditional full-time university route!

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