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United Kingdom / Buildings / Graduate assistant project manager

Sarah Chadwick

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Sarah on a visit to Niagara Falls in Canada Sarah took a trip to the famous waterfall while on holiday in Canada.

"Mott MacDonald is very supportive of their graduates. From day one you are given opportunities to learn and develop your skills."

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

As a graduate assistant project manager within the strategic consultancy team, my primary role on joining Mott MacDonald was to assist project managers and project directors on their projects. This would include drafting documentation, attending meetings with the project manager and generally helping out where I could. Two and half years later my level of responsibility and overall knowledge of the strategic consultancy practice has increased and I am now undertaking the role of project manager and technical advisor on an education project, responsible for the delivery of feasibility studies for four schools. I am also working my way towards becoming a chartered engineer.

What are your favourite projects that you have worked on?

The current education project I am working on is one of my favourite projects to date. My role means I get to attend meetings with a variety of technical and non-technical colleagues, boosting my own expertise. Plus, being able to meet with staff from the school and discussing their new building and future aspirations is something I enjoy.

What is the best thing about working at Mott MacDonald?

Mott MacDonald is very supportive of their graduates. From day one you are given opportunities to learn and develop your skills. There are also numerous opportunities to meet and network with graduates from not only the UK but also Europe and further afield.

What do you think makes Mott MacDonald unique?

Mott MacDonald is such a diverse company to work for, with a large number of industry experts working out of offices all over the country. Whatever the question, somebody will be able to answer it.

What was your favourite part of the Academy, and why?

The Mott MacDonald graduate weekend has definitely been my favourite part of the Academy so far. Getting to meet over 100 other graduates from across the company was a great opportunity. It was really interesting to find out what other Graduates do within their roles. It was also a good chance to network and to make contacts for the future. The weekend was also a fun experience in general with presentations from senior management and fun group activities.

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

Make sure that the sector you decide to focus on matches your personality and ambitions, plus that you have the confidence and commitment to make a career out of it. Work experience is also important as it is a great way to find out a bit more about the company and to experience the different types of work they undertake.

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