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New Zealand / Water / Graduate process engineer

Emilia Wisniewski

Emilia climbing the mast of a ship!

Why did you decide to join Mott MacDonald?

I was inherited by Mott MacDonald when it merged with AWT Water in 2014. I joined AWT Water because I wanted to work in the water industry to have a meaningful impact on the world, particularly with respect to the development of water and sanitation in the developing world. Mott MacDonald does work in this space so it will be interesting to see the opportunities ahead.

What is the best thing about your role?

It’s more or less exactly what I wanted to do as an engineer, which isn’t necessarily something that every engineering graduate can say, so I feel quite lucky. My role is incredibly diverse but I also have the opportunity to be an expert in particular elements of my field which is also rewarding.

What are the top two things you have learned whilst at Mott MacDonald?

Ambition and patience – ambition to be able to remember that I need to work hard to achieve what I want in life and patience to remember I’m not always going to get what I want. Consulting engineering fits that dichotomy quite nicely.

How have you been supported whilst working at Mott MacDonald?

We have a great mentoring program in our Auckland office which pairs intermediate and senior staff with graduates. Having a mentor is a great way of getting some impartial feedback on your career and life aspirations and a useful way to funnel your aspirations into reality within Mott MacDonald. We also have a very cool social club which a great way to meet people when you’re new to the company and/or the country!

What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?

I sailed a tall ship along the south-east coast of Australia in the weeks before I made the move to Auckland. It was a really beautiful way of saying goodbye to my hometown and as my sailing crew puts it “there’s nothing quite like sitting at the top of a mast and watching the world pass you by”.

Where is your favourite place?

Besides the top of a mast? Probably the top of a mast with a view of Wine Glass Bay in Tasmania.

What inspires you about your work?

The fact that what I do every day has an impact on peoples' lives. Being a wastewater process engineer is not to be sniffed at! Effective wastewater treatment and disposal safeguards human and environmental health.

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