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United Kingdom / Power / Senior air quality consultant

Shalini Arora

Shalini mid-jump while snowboarding in Italy
Shalini snowboarding in Italy
Shalini snowboarding in Italy This was one of Shalini's more successful jumps on the Madonna di Campiglio ski resort.

"I get to work on such a wide range of projects and with people all over the world – every day is different!"

Why did you decide to join Mott MacDonald?

I was offered a summer internship with the air quality team in Brighton while studying in Manchester and thought I’d give it a go – there are worse places to spend a summer than Brighton beach! During my internship I learned so much and was able to work on some really high profile projects. I enjoyed the work and getting to know the people here so much, and I jumped at the chance when I was offered a full time position at the end of the summer. Now, I have relocated from Brighton to Singapore to start a two year secondment.

What is the best thing about your role?

I get to work on such a wide range of projects and with people all over the world – every day is different!

How would you describe the culture of Mott MacDonald?

The company fosters development and encourages you to learn and progress your career by getting involved, learning from others and using your initiative in addition to all the formal training on offer. We have so many subject experts across divisions, offices and countries that there’s always someone you can ask for help with a specific question - that diversity also makes it an exciting place to work.

How has your career progressed at Mott MacDonald?

I started as a graduate four years ago and after a couple of years was promoted to my current position. I now enjoy having a much more client-facing role and have been included in various bids as a key member of the team.

What makes Mott MacDonald stand out from other companies?

The high-profile projects that I get the chance to work on makes Mott MacDonald stand out to me. Being primarily an engineering consultancy, our environmental specialists have access to the knowledge of vastly experienced engineers, which gives us a better understanding of the technologies involved and the environmental impacts of them.

What is your favourite pastime?

Travelling, snowboarding and Bikram yoga, although you can’t beat a good walk in the South Downs and a pub lunch with my dogs, Alan and Tony.

What is your hidden talent?

I know all the words to Billy Joel’s ‘We didn’t start the fire’ (but sadly singing in tune is definitely not one of my talents).

What inspires you at work?

Despite only having a few years’ experience, I’ve had the opportunity to manage major environmental projects, travel internationally and get involved in projects across a diverse range of sectors. That keeps me inspired about working here.

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