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United Kingdom / Buildings / Graduate structural engineer

Angelina Hand


Angelia sitting in a car with a kiwi toy sitting on her lap

A career at Mott MacDonald meant the chance to develop my skills on a solid foundation in a variety of projects and settings.


Why did you choose to join Mott MacDonald?

Growing up I loved watching National Geographic’s MegaStructures on TV, and one project that always stuck in my mind was the Channel Tunnel – the world’s longest undersea tunnel and one of Mott MacDonald’s landmark projects. It was after watching this programme that I first considered a career in engineering.

What impressed me further about Mott MacDonald is the vast expertise and breadth of skills that the company encompasses in a vast variety of disciplines. A career at Mott MacDonald meant the chance to develop my skills on a solid foundation in a variety of projects and settings.

What is the best thing about your job?

I really love travelling, seeing new places and meeting new people and I have been lucky enough to have had many opportunities to travel locally and internationally with Mott MacDonald over the last two years.

How would you describe the culture of Mott MacDonald?

I would say the culture of Mott MacDonald is very progressive and supportive. There are so many opportunities to develop both professionally and personally, with many ways to advance skills and training, both on the job, through Learning Point (online learning management system) and locally held technical presentations. I also find the system of performance review very useful, particularly in my stage of my career.

Where have you travelled with Mott MacDonald?

I began working with Mott MacDonald at the Auckland office in New Zealand. During the course of my time there I travelled to a number of places within New Zealand as well to the APNA Graduate Conference in Bangkok, Thailand which was a fantastic experience. I’m currently looking forward to a visit to continental Europe at the end of this month to carry out seismic assessments there.

What is the best thing about living in the country you live in?

It’s hard to pick just one thing since I have been living in London for only two months. I love being close to my friends and family having spent three the last years overseas in Australia and New Zealand. As well as that, in London in particular there is just so much to do and see. I think it’s impossible to be bored here.

If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you would buy?

Since I’m in the market for a new car at the moment, I’d probably pick up a Pagani Huayra. Then I’d build a carbon negative house to balance things out a little.


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