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United Kingdom / Power / Process engineer

Amber Thompson

This photo was taken just before setting off for the start line at Hollingworth Lake Regatta. It was a very windy day making the rowing conditions difficult.
Amber taking part in the Hollingworth Lake Regatta
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Amber taking part in the Hollingworth Lake Regatta This photo was taken just before setting off for the start line at Hollingworth Lake Regatta. It was a very windy day making the rowing conditions difficult.

 

This photo was taken whilst travelling around the USA with my trusty camera, trying to capture the amazing scenery. This shot is off the Grand Canyon in Arizona USA.
Amber at the Grand Canyon, USA
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Amber at the Grand Canyon, USA This photo was taken whilst travelling around the USA with my trusty camera, trying to capture the amazing scenery. This shot is off the Grand Canyon in Arizona USA.

Why did you decide to join Mott MacDonald?

As a recent graduate I had spent the majority of my time in manufacturing and I felt like I was ready for the next step in my career. I was ready to push my knowledge boundaries further while still getting the support and range of opportunities necessary in the early years of my career. Mott MacDonald provided me with an opportunity that couldn’t be missed; they are a global multidisciplinary company offering the chance to work across a number of sectors and countries.

What is the best thing about your role?

The variety of people and projects is brilliant, getting the chance to work with different people with a wide plethora of experience.

How would you describe the culture of Mott MacDonald?

I find Mott MacDonald a supportive and diverse culture, who work together to provide the best results.

How do you feel you career has progressed while working at Mott MacDonald?

I feel my career has progressed massively whilst being at Mott MacDonald. I’ve been given the opportunity to work with a variety of people on different projects which has broadened my knowledge which in turn has progressed my career. Additionally, Mott MacDonald has provided me with various courses to help further my technical knowledge and my personal well-being.

How many years have you worked for Mott MacDonald, and what has been your proudest achievement to date?

I’ve been at Mott MacDonald 1 year and 5 months and my proudest moment to date is giving a presentation on ‘Safety Culture’ using the knowledge gained from the ‘IChemE Fundamentals of Nuclear Safety’ course I attended. I’m very proud to have shared the knowledge gained with my colleagues.  

What is your favourite past time?

I enjoy many things outside work. I love to travel and see new places and have new experiences. Additionally I enjoy sports; I regularly participate in rowing, climbing and cycling, I enjoy the great outdoors whether it is at home or abroad.

Where is your favourite place?

My favourite place would have to be the USA and it particular Florida. It’s been a favourite of mine since I was a little girl and I have many happy memories there, I find it gets better every time I visit. There is so much to see and do in America ranging from the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls, to its amazing feats of engineering including the Hoover Dam, the golden gate bridge, the Manhattan skyscrapers and the amazing theme parks.

What advice would you give to future generations of female engineers?

Never give up! It's hard work but it’s worth it in the end. Keep asking questions and learning, it's ok to not know everything. Give everything your best, that’s all anyone can ask for. 

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