How has your career developed since joining Mott MacDonald as a graduate?
I started my career with Mott MacDonald as a graduate in 2014. Since then, I have been presented with plenty of opportunities to grow in confidence and increase my knowledge across a variety of different sectors and practice areas. Whilst my main discipline is management consultancy, I’ve also enjoyed getting involved with lots of internal projects, helping to shape the future and direction of Mott MacDonald. I’ve particularly benefited from working with such a great ensemble of colleagues, who have helped me along each step of the way and really supported me in developing my career.
What have been your favourite projects to work on?
I have been involved with a wealth of interesting projects since joining Mott MacDonald; it’s hard to pick just one! For the past year, I have been supporting local authorities and their partners across England to implement the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Reforms. I have had a clear progression route through the project; starting out as the programme management office (PMO) lead, then moving into a more client facing role directly supporting those on the ground to deliver the change in legislation. I am now responsible for managing one of the strands of the programme, making sure we deliver the work to scope and budget. My favourite aspect of the role is facilitating workshops across the country, interacting with a huge variety of people, from local government and leading charities to children and young people with SEND.
What is the best thing about working at Mott MacDonald?
The sheer breadth of our global reach and impact. It makes me proud to know that we are delivering projects which are helping to improve the lives of communities across the world. It also means that I am able to develop a strong and diverse network, connecting with colleagues from across many different disciplines and backgrounds.
What do you think makes Mott MacDonald unique?
I’ve been really impressed with the strong commitment Mott MacDonald has to corporate social responsibility. I feel encouraged to get involved in my local community and have been given ample opportunity to make a positive contribution. Recently for example, I delivered a business skills masterclass to 30 thirteen year olds from a school in London that sits within an area of significant social and economic deprivation – probably one of the most challenging, but rewarding, experiences I have encountered to date!
What was your favourite part of the Academy, and why?
My favourite part of the Academy so far has been the ‘Launch your Career’ weekend which I attended shortly after joining the company. It allowed me to meet peers from across the country and create a solid base network for which I could begin to develop. It was a really fun and informative event, in which I was able to learn more about the Academy and the training opportunities it offered. The second day involved a business simulation game. It was a great team-building activity, and everybody got surprisingly competitive!
What advice would you give to current students applying to Mott MacDonald?
To take advantage of all the opportunities that are on offer at University. Whether that is having a position on a sports committee or running a society, you can develop lots of key skills that will prove invaluable when demonstrating your employability during an interview.