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PJ while playing rugby for Glasgow Academicals RFC

United Kingdom / Buildings / Graduate civil engineer

PJ Rankin

PJ in the Borneo rainforest in Malaysia

"The opportunity to be involved in new projects and learn from experienced colleagues inspires me."

Why did you decide to join Mott MacDonald?

Working as an intern for Mott MacDonald during my three summers between university years gave me an insight into the company; not only to the career prospects of civil and structural engineering and the types of projects I could be involved in but also the company and office environment. I enjoyed working with different teams on a variety of projects and even as an intern I was given responsibilities and was challenged. However, I felt I could always approach senior and more experienced colleagues for support and was able to learn from them. Ultimately this experience and working environment was a deciding factor in choosing to join Mott MacDonald.

What is the best thing about your role?

I have had the opportunity to work on a range of projects in different sectors which has been fantastic. In addition to gaining valuable experience early in my career, I have been able to work with several senior engineers and managers and learn how they approach tasks and how they organise and deliver projects.

How would you describe the culture of Mott MacDonald?

My experience of Mott MacDonald is that it is ambitious, focused and driven with regard to how the company seeks to secure and deliver projects for its clients. However, I believe this is also true for its employees too. I have found senior management and experienced colleagues very willing to provide challenging opportunities for less experienced staff members. The collective nature of projects between different teams, units and offices provides a very strong and beneficial support network for staff to develop professionally.

What advice about the recruitment process would you offer to other graduates looking to work at Mott MacDonald?

Take the opportunity to promote yourself and demonstrate your knowledge of both the role and the company, in addition to your own skills and talents. This could be in the form of individual assignments, coursework or group projects that you have been involved in at university or college. Although a daunting experience, be prepared to share your personal and professional ambitions during the interview and how a career a Mott MacDonald would help you to achieve these.

How have you been supported whilst working at Mott MacDonald?

Support is always available from senior engineers and management from a technical point of view such as on design tasks for instance. The management of the chartership process also promotes regular engagement with others and supports you through your own development against the key competencies identified by professional organisations. Finally, being able to clarify tasks and ask for assistance on any aspect of the project with colleagues around you, even to ask for their opinions or suggestions, allows you to deliver your work better.

What is your favourite pastime?

A major part of my life is sport. I enjoyed playing rugby throughout my entire school life and at university and currently play for Glasgow Academicals RFC. As well as rugby, I play golf in my free time. I am also a keen skier and I enjoy playing football too.

Where is your favourite place?

My favourite place is the Isle of Arran, an island off the west coast of Scotland. I have been going there since I was a young child, learning to play golf and enjoying holidays with family and friends.

What inspires you at work?

The opportunity to be involved in new projects and learn from experienced colleagues inspires me. I enjoy the challenges and responsibilities associated with working on something different and with other people and working together to deliver both large or small scale projects is very rewarding.

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